An intriguing and often impressive debut feature in which, following a car crash, the driver (Harden) - a predatory young American - takes the place of her injured literary critic friend (Rees), then insinuates herself into the home and hearts of a famous writer (Zappa) and his teenage daughter (Bossley). A study in deceit, manipulation, obsession and awakening awareness, Maclean's film starts unsteadily - the narrative a mite too elliptical and enigmatic for its own good - but slowly resolves itself into a powerful if faintly overheated melodrama. Beautifully performed, however, and shot with a great deal of dramatic resonance in a bleak, dank New Zealand countryside full of glooping geysers and precarious footholds.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alison Maclean
Screenwriter: Alison Maclean, Anne Kennedy
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden
Donogh Rees
Caitlin Bossley
William Zappa
Pete Smith
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