Australia's 'Relic' is a haunting through the lens of Alzheimer's disease

Australia's 'Relic' is a haunting through the lens of Alzheimer's disease

The four words “It’s not her anymore” are familiar, crushing reminders to anyone with a parent or grandparent in the grip of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In the haunted-house thriller “Relic,” first-time co-writer and director Natalie Erika James knows exactly when to put those words into play.It’s worth seeing in any case, if only to see a seriously skillful debut feature director breathe new life into a familiar Old Dark House scenario.Seventy-five miles west of Melbourne, Edna (Robyn Nevin, whose icy stare could make Billie Whitelaw and Christopher Lee turn and run) lives alone in a hou...


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