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‘Mayday’: Film Review | Sundance 2021

‘Mayday’: Film Review | Sundance 2021

Ana (Grace Van Patten), a lowly hotel worker, finds herself transported to another world where a war is raging and a clutch of young women lure men to their deaths at sea via radio transmissions, like 20th century sirens, in Mayday, a U.S. Dramatic Competition entry at this year’s Sundance.

Like several other intriguing, Gothic-tinged but quite bonkers female-centric fantastical features made by upcoming women directors recently (see, for instance, Amanda Kramer’s Ladyworld, Alice Waddington’s Paradise Hills or, the mama of them all, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Innocence), first-time writer-director Karen Cinorre’s Mayday is less interested in logic than creating a ...

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