Review: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s ‘Kandisha’

Based on a 16th Century Moroccan legend, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's Kandisha follows the “ghost of a beautiful woman who destroys men." The 2021 Shudder release takes place in modern-day Paris, specifically the banlieue stomping ground of three friends: Bintou (Suzy Bemba), Amélie (Mathilde Lamusse) and Morjana (Samarcande Saadi). The result is a smart, albeit imperfect, slice of modern horror, which also offers a surprisingly touching paean to the strength of female friendships. During summer, the joined-at-the-hip teenage trio spend their time hanging out with friends, dancing to rap music and indulging their favorite pastime of covering their estate with graffiti tags and murals. Bustillo and Maury are keen to show
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