By Joe Verni

With Ksenia Kapinos, Philippa Bingham, Douglas Dean, Mehdi Mahdloo, Tim Daish, Leonardo Sbragia, Alex Adinolfi, Marcus J. Cotterell, Tatjana Inez Nardone, Elettra Capuano

Italy | 2015 | 94'
Eta6 Sesso Violenza

Eva, an extraordinarily beautiful girl from the East who has just arrived in Milan to seek success as a model, immediately comes into contact with a series of characters more interested in her body than in her talent. After a traumatic event for which Eva will ask her friend Cindy for help, the girl will find herself entangled in a chain of murders perpetrated in the name of an ancient occult ritual, from the meshes of which she must try to escape.

Stalking Eva, directed by Joe Verni, stars up-and-coming international models Ksenia Kapinos and Philippa Bingham. A thriller that tackles the theme of stalking, and more generally of violence against women, a strong and very topical issue that in this context confronts us with questions. What threshold of pain can each of us bear? And what are the consequences if the victim turns into the perpetrator?
The Prologue manifests a flavor that harkens distinctly back to the Italian thrillers of the 1970s, but one also has no trouble sensing a certain influence from Dario Argento’s Cravenian Scream (1996) and Tenebre (1982).

Moreover, even the image of the mantises placed immediately after the opening credits cannot help but call to mind the cinema of the author of Profondo rosso (1975) and Phenomena (1984), although, in general, Stalking Eva tends to immerse itself in a setting and a photographic look not uncomfortably close to Carlo Vanzina’s Sotto il vestito niente (1985) and other similar operations belonging to the decade in which Duran Duran and Freddy Krueger were popular. Impression conferred, probably, by the fact that the protagonist Eva, a beautiful girl from the East with the features of Ksenia Kapinos, even before coming into contact with despicable characters interested more in her body than in her talent arrives in Milan in an attempt to seek success within the world of fashion, the setting, precisely, also of the aforementioned film starring Renee Simonsen under the direction of Steno’s son.

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