Attachment is a 2022 Danish horror film about a young actress who becomes unwittingly drawn into a dark spiritual world.
Written and directed by Gabriel Bier Gislason (shorts: Purple Haze; Samuel’s Getting Hitched). Produced by Thomas Heinesen.
The Nordisk Film Production movie stars Josephine Park, Ellie Kendrick, Sofie Gråbøl and David Dencik.
Maja, a struggling Danish actress, falls in love with Leah, a Jewish academic from London. Leah suffers a mysterious seizure, and so Maja returns with her to London. There, she meets Leah’s mother, Chana, a woman who could hold dark secrets…
Attachment will be available for streaming on Shudder on February 9, 2023.
“Engaging performances, a unique and dread-soaked world, and a flair for spooky horror grounded in realism set Attachment apart. The horror allegory for codependency told through Orthodox Judaism reinvigorates an oft-stale subgenre, even though Gislason’s simple resolution can’t avoid possession pitfalls by the journey’s end.” 3/5 Bloody Disgusting
“Calling Attachment a horror film is going too far, since there’s minimal blood and only a few practical special effects, and the mystical forces at work in the plot are spoken of in menacing tones more often than they manifest themselves. (There might also be limited budgetary resources at work…” Critic’s Notebook
“Ultimately, Gislason’s Attachment is an important queer love story with a cornucopia of complex horrors rooted in the fascinating trenches of Orthodox Judaism. The romance displayed is where this film succeeds the most, elevating it onto a unique perch rarely explored in the horror genre.” Dread Central
“Attachment grounds itself with how dybbuks and the like would appear in our reality. Thus it’s all performance-driven, Gråbøl and Kendrick going hard to present the gradual proliferation and cessation of an unwanted demonic presence. That subtlety allows Park the room to overreact towards and/or ignore the signs.” Rating: B The Film Stage
“Attachment is a well-written allegory about co-dependence steeped in Jewish folklore. What starts out as a charming story about a lesbian couple soon transitions into a sinister and powerful tale. This is a bold and unique possession movie, one that avoids the usual trappings and cliches of the subgenre.” 7.5/10 Horror Buzz
“Attachment is a very competently directed film, but that’s about as much as I can say about its overall presentation. Outside of everyone’s great lead performances and chemistry, everything about Attachment can best be described as “serviceable”, including its ways of twisting your perceptions around.” 3/5 Loud and Clear
“All-in-all, despite some clunkiness, Attachment is a decent film. It has great sets and atmosphere, lighting, misdirection, and folklore; all of this adds to the eeriness of the film in a way that works to pull you in. It has some script issues, and some focus issues, but none of it is a deal-breaker. In his own way, Director Gabriel Bier Gislason makes strides for religious acceptance of LGBTQ love…” The Movie Buff
Attachment had its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival in June 2022.