Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo ★★★½

excellently-crafted mockumentary that evokes a heavy sense of unease through well-acted, and well-depicted grief. the derived unease is more akin to somber dread, one that does not necessarily channel anxiety from typical found-footage affairs, but one that uses such horror element to engross and immerse directly into the documented tragedy with authenticity and maturity. though it can lose itself in Netflix-y true-crime styled slow-zooms and ham-fisted emphasis on stills, the surrounding dialogue and mannerisms within a family’s hunt for closure is harrowing, inducing a deep sadness as the unknown - both personal to Alice’s character and the overarching idea of the supernatural - is uncovered, forcibly reckoned with, and accepted to whatever degree each individual can make sense out of it.

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