New Zealand 2010
Andrew Beattie, Kim Smith (executive), E. Takacs (executive), Andrew Wilson (executive) for ILA Films
directed by David Blyth
starring Kate O'Rourke, Te Kaea Beri, Campbell Cooley, Sandy Lowe, Brendan Gregory, Ian Mune, Maggie Tarver, Chrystal Ash, Matt Easterbrook, Omar Al-Sobky, Andy Sophocleous, Christina Sortesi, Heath Mortlock
written by David Blyth, music by Jed Town
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On the surface, Susan (Kate O'Rourke) is an ordinary woman, a bit dull
perhaps. She works at a dead-end job at a call center, which doesn't
exactly excite her, but she gets medication to make it through the day.
she engages in sexual roleplay and bondageplay with a guy who dominates
her, but hey, we all have dirty secrets. Sure, she collects her own feces
and stores it in her freezer, but we all need hobbies, don't we? Sure, she
kills her own dad when he returns home after years of absence, but ... ok,
that's no longer normal and dull, but then again, nobody has seen it.
spin out of control when Susan's daughter Tanya (Te Kaea Beri) returns
home, takes over Susan's life and threatens to kill her. Now that would be
only half as troubling if Susan had a daughter Tanya, but Susan only had a
stillborn child ...
Tanya makes a habit of extreme violence and murder,
but flashbacks in which Susan is seen burning her own mother suggest that
Tanya is just a figment of Susan's imagination. Eventually, Susan is
captured and committed to an asylum ... but on the way there, her
ambulance picks up a hitchhiker - Tanya ...
probably doesn't do this movie justice, which is less of a narrative film
in the traditional sense and more of a nightmare come to life. Thus its
story is not told in any chronological order but jumps back and forward
deliberately, changes between reality and Susan's fantasies seemingly at
random, and doesn't shy away from going all-out bizarre. Add to this a
subtle direction, a decent cast, and a bit of extreme violence, and you've
got yourself a pretty weird experience ...