The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
|The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh|
|Directed by||Rodrigo Gudiño|
|Produced by||Jake Koseleci, Marco Pecota|
|Written by||Rodrigo Gudiño|
|Edited by||Duncan Christie|
Rue Morgue Cinema
Someone At The Door Productions
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (also known as rus. "Zaveshanie") is a 2012 horror film directed by Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudiño. It was released in Russia on 13 June 2013 as Завещание and was later released direct to DVD on 30 July 2013 through Image Entertainment.
Leon, a young man, returns home after he learns of his estranged mother's death. As Leon explores the house and takes inventory, his mother, Rosalind Leigh, delivers a narration about her life in the form of a monologue to her son. It describes the crushing loneliness that she feels after he rejects both her and her faith due to negative religious experiences in his childhood. Concerned that Leon will never return to her life or regain his faith, she relies on an imagined life that eventually supplants her deeply held faith. With her faith shattered, she eventually succumbs to her loneliness and kills herself. At the same time that Rosalind delivers this narration, Leon deals with his feelings of guilt and grief, and he discovers that his mother was the anonymous benefactor that bought all of his artwork. When Leon faces his own demons in the house, he turns to his skepticism, meditation, and Anna, an unidentified person that he contacts through his cell phone. Anna, who identifies herself as a doctor, talks Leon through two stressful situations which Leon interprets as severe hallucinations. Ultimately, Leon is able to work through his issues, and he tells his broker that he wants to put all of the art back on the market. As he leaves the house, Leon seems to hear his mother call out to him, and she watches sadly from the window as he leaves.
- Aaron Poole as Leon
- Vanessa Redgrave as Rosalind Leigh
- Julian Richings as Rahn Brothers
- Stephen Eric McIntyre as Preacher
- Charlotte Sullivan as Anna
- Mitch Markowitz as Communication Coach
While creating the film Gudiño said that he was inspired by his Catholic upbringing and by Stanley Kubrick's tendency to shoot close to where he lived. The film was shot in Toronto and focused heavily on the idea of religion as something that drove the mother and son apart rather than brought them together.
Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 4/5 stars and wrote that the film is "a well-made, very deliberately paced film that does the right thing in taking its time to let its mystery unfold in a refreshingly mature and appropriately artistic manner." Rod Lott of the Oklahoma Gazette wrote that the film's deliberate pacing causes "near-unbearable dread". Mike Ferraro of Bloody Disgusting rated it 2/5 stars and stated that while it "[provided] an interesting enough premise", the film "fails to really deliver the goods" and that they did not find the last act to be particularly shocking, as the plot took too long to unfold. In contrast, Brad McHargue of Dread Central rated it 4.5/5 stars; he called the film re-watchable and "cerebral".
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- Lott, Rod (16 July 2013). "Do not watch it while home alone". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- Ferraro, Mike (26 July 2013). "The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (review)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- McHargue, Brad (24 October 2012). "Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, The (2012)". Dread Central. Retrieved 7 October 2017.