The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
Reviewed by Jan 21st, 2014

In the beginning of this film, we see Leon (Aaron Poole) arriving at his estranged mother’s house. He apparently hasn’t talked to her in many years. Her house is entirely filled with statues and weird religious artifacts. His mother is dead and has left the house and its contents to Leon.

She was apparently very religious, and there are angel statues everywhere. Leon talks to his girlfriend on the phone about a “candle game” she played with him. She’d light some candles and asked if he believed in God. He’d said “no,” and this put a great strain on their relationship over the years. The girlfriend says it’s why she didn’t like his mother.

At first it looks like the film is going in some religious direction, like maybe Leon will have some religious epiphany, but that’s not really what’s happening. I was a bit confused about the mentions of his father. There is something about a suicide cult or something like that, and this is mentioned a couple of times and not really brought back up. I thought it would have more significance, but maybe it’s just to underline the fact that the mother considers Leon to be the most important person in her life, and maybe to tell us that it was mostly Leon and his mother when he was growing up.

In any case, there is a huge rift between Leon and his mother. Leon is an atheist, his mother is involved in some religious group that seems a bit cult-like. It seems that his father was like that, too, but I really don’t understand everything that went on with the father.

But thankfully, it’s not about that. It’s more about the fact that mother and son didn’t talk anymore, and eventually, she died, and he still hadn’t visited at all.

One thing I liked about the film, which I didn’t expect to like, was the way that Leon is pretty much the only speaking character on-screen. There is a lot of voiceovers from the dead mother throughout, and Leon makes several phone calls, but we don’t see any of these people. It reinforces the theme of loneliness, since Leon is actually alone most of the time (though a lot of that theme also has to do with the mother). They are in separate worlds now and they were very separate before, even when they were together. I imagine that a lot of people are going to think it’s boring, but it’s sort of a nice mood piece that doesn’t rely so much on cheap scares.

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