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'Grace' a creepy, critical Sundance smash

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new film is potentially so disturbing for certain moviegoers, even the people involved want to warn you. If you like to be creeped out when you go to the movies, "Grace" comes alive in theatres this weekend. But if you're pregnant or nursing, prone to nightmares, or have a weak stomach -- don't see it. There's your disclaimer."I feel awful," said writer-director "Paul Solet. "The last kid that fainted actually split his chin open and broke two fingers."

Yes, "Grace" has had that effect on a few people. When Solet took his film to Sundance, it quickly became a creepy and critical sold-out smash at the festival.

"It's not a rah-rah, fists in the air, heads will roll, blood shooting everywhere [movie]," said Solet. "It's a sort of a slow burn, very disturbing film that gets under people's skin."

It's tough subject matter. "Jordan Ladd plays an expectant mother who's in a car accident. She's told her baby is stillborn. And it is -- at first.

"People walk out with it kind of percolating in their mind and stuff for days, and very disturbed by it," said Ladd.

That's because Grace really doesn't crave mommy's milk, she wants mommy's blood.

One scene in the movie shows the baby seemingly biting down on Ladd's nursing breast.

"Paul really created a space for me to get into some very uncomfortable places for myself," said Ladd.

Ladd says you should be warned about the film's content. She's personally seen young men have to get up and leave the theatre.

"And they go, 'I'm sorry, I love the movie. You're doing a great job. It's just I'm a new father,'" said Ladd. "Or, 'I'm about to have a baby and I can't.'"

The director says there's nothing more satisfying making an audience squirm, but he knows it can't all be creepy.

"I'm not here to punish an audience. I'm here to entertain an audience," said Solet. "And, I think, you know, it's a dance. It really is. You know, you owe your audience breaths. You owe your audience, you know, a couple of good laugh here and there."

"Grace" is Rated R. It'll be in theatres in limited release on Friday.

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