Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the psychological thriller stars Sullivan and Lucy Liu as a married couple who move into a new home with their children — only to realise they aren't the only ones living there.
The story is uniquely filmed from the ghost's point of view, with a camera moving through the house as an apparition.
Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have praised the film for its grounded approach and spellbinding performances. Here's what some of them have to say:
"Soderbergh has never met a genre he didn't want to deconstruct, taffy-pull or ransack for some sort of aesthetic experiment; he's one of the few filmmakers you could imagine wearing a lab coat when he directs."
"A juicy setup that provides the adventurous filmmaker with an opportunity to play around with form while delivering elegant shivers of dread."
"It's an invigorating feeling to know early on in a movie that you're in confident hands, and Steven Soderbergh conveys that assurance instantaneously in the opening moments of Presence."
"The director's latest is distinctly cool, dynamic Soderbergian riff on Michael Powell's Peeping Tom via The Haunting, with a dash of Paranormal Activity sprinkled around its edges."
"It's an art film that also works as a spellbinding horror film, and it might be the best thing Soderbergh has done in ages."
"Presence pulls you in, terrifies you, then leaves your heart on the floor. This ghost story doesn't scare in the conventional sense, but it's an innovative and grim nail-biter with more on its mind than the logline suggests."
Presence doesn't have a release date yet.
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