A family flees to America from Europe in the 1960s. You know it’s the 1960s because there’s use of a song from the Beach Boys, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” during the film. And if you’re familiar with automobiles you might be able to tell by looking at the cars. Otherwise, the setting could be anywhere from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, or 50s, and if you take out the cars it could have been given a Victorian setting. The time in which the movie takes place is largely irrelevant, as is the place. It could just as easily have been the other way around, a family fleeing to England from America. The only thing really necessary is the spooky old house called Marrowbone, wherein the family seeks sanctuary. They’re on the run, it seems, from the family patriarch, who was a bad guy; like, a really bad guy. Then the mother dies, but before dying she makes the four children swear that they will stay together, no matter what, which they do. Then dear old dad catches up to them, and they trap him in the attic and leave him to starve to death. And anything else I might say would give too much away.
MARROWBONE is a rock-solid effort by writer-director Sergio G. Sánchez (who wrote THE ORPHANAGE and takes on his first directorial project with MARROWBONE) and the entire cast, including Charlie Heaton from STRANGER THINGS and Anya-Taylor Joy from THE WITCH, working together here just before teaming up again for THE NEW MUTANTS. Atmospheric, spooky, sad, poignant, and straight-up legit, this one comes highly recommended.