Alléluia is a modern update to the Honeymoon Killers— a pair of lovers who target lonely women and their fortune. There is a lot of targeting in this film, some loneliness, and even a little fortune depending on what you’re looking for.
The film does a good job of portraying the extreme behaviors of our couple without wasting much time. Gloria, our lonely single mom, works at a morgue and is introduced sponge bathing a naked corpse. When she is set up by her friend via an online dating service to see Michel, we are shown him casting some type of black magic spell to grant him the powers to seduce Gloria. The two instantly hit it off and after a little quarrel, the lovers set off to find their targets.
The highlight of the film is definitely Lola Duenas’ performance as super lonely and super jealous Gloria. The script is not really generous towards any character in dialogue, but Duenas’ really sells all the emotional highs and lows experienced in her torrid love affair. We share her beaming happiness as she finds a new romance with Michel. We are unsettled when this quickly turns to her dropping everything to run off with Michel. We are disturbed when her fits of jealous rage are put into action. One scene in which she is singing to her lover / to the camera before she begins “cleaning up” is particularly wincing in its effect. There is another scene with our couple dancing naked around a fire shortly after disposing their first victims that drives home the almost animalistic push / pull the couple has over each other.
A couple gems of scene and Duenas’ performance are not enough to carry the whole film though. After the first victim the film almost goes through the same motions setting up and tearing down new marks. By the time the last“act’ comes along, I found myself a bit bored and wanting the film to end. The ending and its ominous synth track manages to dig the film out a little bit. Unfortunately, like the moments of freedom after a regretful one night stand, I was feeling mostly relief that it was over.