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The Great Charade

UK 2019
produced by
Rodeo Strange, Daniel Strange, Francesca Louise White (assosicate), Candice Palladino (associate) for Rodeax Films
directed by Rodeo Strange, Daniel Strange
starring Ricardo Freitas, Francesca Louise White, Marcus Davis-Orrom, Candice Palladino
written by and music by Rodeo Strange, Daniel Strange, director of photography: Will Tullett

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ryan Sterling (Ricardo Freitas) and Amara Giovanni (Francesca Louise White) are what you might call a Hollywood power couple, he's an actor who has only recently crossed over into directing with quite some success, she's an acress who's as much a darling with the paparazzi as with the critics and has won an Academy Award - and they're good at hiding the fact that they despise one another, too. And suddenly they find themselves tied to a couple of chairs, as captives to a couple of psychopaths, Lyle (Marcus Davis-Orrom) and Dixie (Candice Palladino). Now Lyle is quite simply madly in love with Ryan, but knows he couldn't get him the more traditional way (for one, Ryan's not gay), while Dixie, a wannabe actress, wants to have her revenge on Amara. You see, for years, Amara was her idol, but then she auditioned for a part in one of Amara's films - and got turned down, something she blames Amara for. So after she and Lyle have their fun putting fear into and humiliating Ryan and Amara for a bit, Dixie tries to kill Amara - and it's only thanks to Ryan's pleas for her life that Lyle prevents that - in a most gruesome manner. The situation gets really tight tough when Lyle wants to "marry" Ryan, with ceremony, wedding night and everything, and Amara, Ryan's still wife, is in his way ...


Filmed in its entirety in one room with no more than 4 actors, The Great Charade is a movie that truly gets the most our of its limitations, thanks to a tight direction, inventive camerawork, clever pacing and solid performers - and of course the very smart script doesn't hurt one bit, either, a script that blends thriller elements with Hollywood satire and is carried by well fleshed-out characters that despite all the hyperboles a movie like this contains almost by definition stay believable.

Very cool genre entertainment for sure.


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