Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli deliver a devastating, unshakeable debut feature in which a bucolic summer home is the stage for a Grand Guignol of transgression and retribution.
During an already strained reunion with her sister (Anna Maguire), Miriam (Sims-Fewer, unsettlingly inscrutable) is sexually assaulted by her brother-in-law (Jesse LaVercombe). As her world spins off its axis and the film’s timeline is slashed to ribbons and reconfigured, Miriam looks to claim her pound of flesh. And while there will be blood, there’ll be little in the way of catharsis.
The most visceral film in last fall’s VIFF leaves no one unscathed. And while that’s partially attributed to the extreme violence depicted, the lingering power is even more indebted to Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli’s capacity to deftly harness Adam Crosby’s woozy cinematography and Andrea Boccadoro’s discordant score to emulate the experience of a psychotic break. Rather than being left to sympathize with Miriam, you’re dragged into the morally murky depths of her anguished soul.
Content advisory: This film features graphic violence and sexually explicit imagery.
Followed by a recorded conversation with directors/producers Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli, and actor Anna Maguire.
"A chamber piece with the existential mood of Lars von Trier, as well as a trope-defying revenge thriller with a mounting sense of terror […] Ttrough her performance of stupendous physical and emotional strength and vulnerability, Sims-Fewer wears her trauma so convincingly that by the end of it all, her pain sneaks up on you as if it’s your own." Tomris Laffly, Variety
"A smart and visceral examination of the rape-revenge narrative, cutting out the exploitation aspects for something that’s bleakly more methodical and haunting." Monica Castillo, The Playlist
Emerging Canadian Director Award, VIFF 20
Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili, Jasmin Geljo, Cynthia Ashperger
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