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Elodie

USA 2019
produced by
Daniel Ziegler, Katelyn Ziegler, Eric Clark, Robert Ziegler, Loren Ziegler for Black Box Films
directed by Daniel Ziegler
starring Faith Decker, Taylor McGlone, Ian Holt, Brittney Watson, Taylor Dahl, Brandon Caraco
written by Daniel Ziegler, music by Louis Coste

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Playwright Sabrina (Faith Decker) is about to put together a performance of what she believes to be her masterpiece, Elodie, but the production, a crime melodrama, runs into complications right from the start, first she can't find an actress to play the title role so decides to do it herself, then her best friend and roommate Abigail (Brittney Watson), who plays a key part in the play, tells her she wants to move out, and on the night before the premiere, Colin (Ian Holt), Sabrina's boyfriend who's also the romantic lead, calls it quits on their relationship - so it's hardly surprising that during the premiere, Sabrina snaps and really blows the pivotal scene of the play.

Later that night, Sabrina is visited ... by the real Elodie (Taylor McGlone), who has crossed over from her world as she has tried and failed to save her sister Alida - the real life Abigail - from baddie Hector (Taylor Dahl), and she knows if anybody knows how to save Alida, it must be the woman who created the story - Sabrina. So Sabrina crosses over to the (black and white) world of her play, where all the actors of her play now are their roles, in an attempt to set things right again - and maybe get her hands on the Macguffin of the play, a dagger that can grant wishes, in the process. Now the good thing is, she, Elodie and Caleb - boyfriend Colin in real life - do manage to save Alida, and even though Hector does get away with the dagger, he's still short one gem that will make the dagger work. Another plus, while she might not be able to win back Colin, his alter ego Caleb's really fond of Sabrina.

Thing is, now that Sabrina's mixed up in things, eventually everybody involved finds out who she really is, and that she's really responsible for the whole mess they're in, and that creates a whole host of new, explosive conflicts ...

 

Elodie is a rather fascinating puzzle, one that's really successful in combining different levels of reality into some sort of meta-mystery that freely plays with with genre tropes (and turns them on their heads should need be). But the strength of Elodie is not just the clever writing but also the careful directorial effort that doesn't shy away from big (and sometimes over-used) poses, but brings them across playfully, and takes a very light-footed approach to the rather dramatic goings-on, and looks just incredibly stylish from beginning to end, juxtaposing carefully lit black-and-white sequences with lush colour sequences to maximum effect.

A very unusual movie, actually, but one definitely worth a watch.

 

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