Our review of Where the Crawfish Sing: The Salient Marsh

Daisy Edgar-Jones, revealed by the series Normal Peopleperformer Kya in Where the crayfish sing. Sony Pictures Entertainment France

CRITICISM – A young woman who grew up far from civilization is accused of murder. An elegiac and slightly outdated adaptation of the cult novel by Delia Owens.

The marsh as a refuge for those left behind. Inhospitable but safe from the cruelty of civilization. Since The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, this motif runs through American fiction with varying degrees of fantasy or dread. Taken from the cult novel by Delia Owens which sold 12 million copies, the film Where the crayfish sing mixes the two in an elegiac chiaroscuro and a bit syrupy. Like the sublime grazing summer light that blankets the lagoon of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, home to herons, pelicans and Kya.

In the America of the fifties and sixties, the young woman grew up alone in a cabin without water or electricity. Her mother and siblings left her to escape the beatings of a violent father. An alcoholic patriarch who also ended up decamping, leaving his youngest child to survive according to the tides and the fishing. Fleeing school, Kya learns to read late in life thanks to an enamored neighbor. Alas, the good Samaritan…

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