If anyone remembers the movie series 'Fantastic Beasts', there is a character named Jacob Kowalski, a man with no particular wizard powers, but who is in the right place, at the right time. He has his uses in the film, even though he is not as skilled as the other characters, just because he is different. 'Bloodline' reminded us of the series, as mentioned earlier, because it contains a character of the same spectrum – the outsider. 'Bloodline' follows Alice, a witch who falls pregnant and is forced to leave the coven. She finds a house and births two kids – a boy and a girl. The girl inherits her powers, but the boy does not; in the scheme, he is the only one different. When some neighbours find out that Alice is a witch, they start a riot, and the entire village comes to deal with this situation. The ending is as expected, cruel and sad, but opens up a new possible follow-up story.
Madison Marneros brings back a character we thought was long gone - the witch. And not the 'Harry Potter' kind of witch, but the old school witch that tormented the village simply by existing. The story is beautifully written, and, as we've stated many times before, we love great open endings, and 'Bloodline' opens so many possibilities. Right before the ending credits, the narrative opens a portal that allows the viewer to create the perfect ending or bridge to another story. The odd man is another insert that gives the narrative meaning and blooms the keys to interpretations of this short film. Moreover, ‘Bloodline’ being a bildungsroman brings back the clever element to please every taste and every viewer.
'Bloodline' is different, the kind of different you have not seen in a long time. A highly recommended watch!
Review written by Vlad A.G