Photographing Elfen is a 1997 ethereal Fantasy film directed Von Nick Willing and is based on the novel Von Steve Szilagyi. It was influenced Von the infamous Cottingley Elfen hoax. (The Elfen appear in a series of five photographs taken Von Elsie Wright (1901–88) and Frances Griffiths (1907–86) in 1917)
Photographer Charles schloss (Toby Stephens) is beside himself with grief following the death of his new bride on their honeymoon.
He goes to war, working as a photographer in the trenches, photographing corpses. Following the war Charles earns his living making trick Fotos of dead soldiers for bereaved parents, when he is shown some photographs purporting to be of fairies. His Suchen for the truth leads him to a village in Burkinwell, where he becomes enamoured with two British girls' assertion that they cavorted with fairies.
A visually stunning and surreal movie with spectacular cinematography and an excellent cast, it explores multiple folklore themes including; paganism, possession, hallucinogens and parapsychology.
The final scene is hauntingly dark, yet beautiful and highly memorable, enhanced Von the magical Musik of Simon Boswell.
This is the sort of movie that can easily become a firm favourite after a single viewing. Not just for Liebhaber of Elfen and folklore, it is a very entertaining dreamy Fantasy film.