11 August 2018 | luciphee
Flawed, but worth watching
I didn't really have any idea what to expect from this film. I actually watched it to see if the chemistry Deborah Ann Woll and Luke Grimes exhibited in True Blood would carry over into this other project they did together (answer: Definitely!). But I was surprised that this film had a central theme that will leave you thinking about it long after the film has ended. Woll does a nice job of largely carrying the movie, even though her character of Alice doesn't always seem to be well defined. I've watched this film more then once, and I'm still not entirely sure what her purpose was in finding this place, why she wanted to stay, and why she almost went through with what takes place as the film draws to a close. Strangely enough, Luke Grimes' Charlie makes far more sense, though his character does develop rapidly and sometimes confusingly. Although once his backstory is revealed, maybe some of that can be explained. Their romance is nearly instantaneous, and thats problematic. The fact that it works at all is a testament to Woll and Grimes palpable connection. There are some very interesting supporting actors in this film that make vivid impressions with paper thin characters. The atmosphere of the film, the music, the cinematography all hint at perhaps bigger things to come for writer/director Tatia Pilieva. But for what its worth, I recommend people give this one a view.