Luz: The Flower of Evil ★★★★

A dreamlike exploration of how men use the fear and false promises of religious idealism to dominate and wield power over others, crafting evil through supposed love. It may be well worn ideas, but I loved the setting and the performances, all of which aim for the rafters and hit their heightened notes to sell the fervency of the mindset these people are caught in. The visuals are beautiful, especially in the starlit silhouette sequences, creating an air of mysticism around such a human-created series of events. It's a strong, mayhaps melodramatic, slice of folk horror, even if the horror is completely human derived, which veers off the typical folk horror aesthetics.