A brand new trailer and a batch of stills have been released for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest feature offering Daguerrotype. The film marks his first film made outside of Japan, as this one is in the French language and features a French cast, obviously.
Jean (Tahar Rahim), a young Parisian with few skills and even fewer prospects, seems an unlikely candidate for assistant to famed photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), an obsessive perfectionist living in isolation since his wife’s unexpected death. Yet he soon finds himself in his new employer’s vast, decaying mansion, helping to create life-sized daguerrotypes so vivid they seem almost to contain some portion of their subjects’ souls.
Their model is most often Stéphane’s daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), and as she and Jean fall in love they realise they must hatch a plot to leave Stéphane’s haunted world forever. But is there something malevolent within the massive daguerrotypes that will prevent their escape?
The trailer looks haunting and beautiful, replicating the story’s concern with photography and art as it displays its own artistic splendour in each frame. It looks extremely atmospheric and quietly chilling, especially as the trailer reaches its climactic end that exposes the ghosts that have been hinted at until then.
Daguerrotype stars Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau and Olivier Gourmet.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)