a disturbing spiral of entomological ecoterror from France

‘The cloud’ (la nueé, 2020) is the first feature film by Just Philippot, winner of the special jury award and the best female performance at Sitges 2020, hits Spanish screens offering an alternative to the traditional terror of scares that usually populate billboards. Under a prism of drama, this proposal from France reminds us that the genre still has other ways of creating the creeps.

within a new gender movement with more social and ecological significance, ‘The Cloud’ follows Virginie (Suliane Brahim), a mother who raises her children alone and decides to start raising edible grasshoppers to save her farm from the brink of bankruptcy. A movement as idealistic as it is desperate that is not so easy to carry out, since the first hatchlings are fragile and their swarms die early, which prevents them from guaranteeing a constant and quality production.

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