|Rebecca Forsythe's Kira commands every frame in Norbert Keil's Replace (2017)|
|Kira is understandably disturbed by her body's rapid decay|
|The mysterious Dr. Crober (Barbara Crampton) may have answers to what's ailing Kira|
|Kira is forced to kill in order to maintain her haunting loveliness|
|Sophia (Lucie Aron) is the gorgeous "girl next door" who suddenly falls for Kira|
Still, Fantasia has this amazing ability to persuade me to give a film more consideration after I dismiss it for its flaws, chiefly by virtue of listening to the filmmakers talk about their film and the process of making it. Just as I whispered something about the filmmakers having been totally wasted writing this doozy, Keil and famous genre stalwart and co-writer Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) made a case for their film and its particular charms. The person who really charmed me was Stanley, in his outback biker get-up, hair flowing, and sharp intelligence in his eyes, as he waxed on about gene therapy, the perils of aging, and the site of memory (is it in our brains or in our D.N.A.)? Wow, okay. He also suggested that the film nodded at vampirism, and I can see it, certainly. He's incredibly smart and articulate, and I would have loved to talk to him for hours about whatever.
|Crampton did research at the Buck Institute for aging for the role|
|Replace is equal parts beautiful and problematic|