By far the best thing about The Blackcoat’s Daughter, which I heard about during a brief theatrical appearance while I was in Grand Junction in 2017, is the poster above.
Haphazard nonsense mixed together by time shifts and flashbacks do not a good movie make. The Blackcoat’s Daughter serves as another case in point for the weakness of nonlinear storytelling. That weakness, more often than not: a very skimpy story at the film’s heart.
A CASE IN POINT FOR THE WEAKNESS OF NONLINEAR STORYTELLING
Lynch talked about the “language of cinema” — but in Lynch’s case, that language still paints a beautiful story. Lesser filmmakers, with little tale to tell, attempt to rely on that language, broken though it may be, to stand on its own. To compensate for lack of story. So I keep beating the drum: without the spine of story, no movie can stand.
Add The Blackcoat’s Daughter to the growing list of A24 films heavy on atmospherics, good acting, and little else. I admit it did mostly hold my attention; there were stretches of the film that were compelling in that what’s-going-to-happen-next kind of way — again, the formula of many A24 releases. 5/10