USA. Direction: Nicolas Pesce. Production: Jacob Wasserman, Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, Schuyler Weiss / Borderline, Paradise City, YL Pictures, Memento Films. Screenplay: Nicolas Pesce. Photography: Zachary Galler. Edition: Sofía Subercaseaux. Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia. Running time: 81 min
LANGUAGE: English / SUBTITLES: Spanish
On the subject of Nicolas Pesce’s previous work, The Eyes of My Mother (2016), which was, of course, at the Festival, Rolling Stone wrote that it was “the season’s sickest art-horror movie”. This, his second independent offering to Horror has taken a stroll through Sundance, Rotterdam and Sitges and in its official synopsis tells us that the man who kisses his wife and infant son goodbye as he apparently leaves for a business trip in fact plans to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill a prostitute. Made with priceless mastery, the movie stars Mia Wasikowska. Based on a dark novel by the “other” Marukami. Haruki no: Ryu. The photography is by the same cinematographer of She’s Lost Control (2015), Zachary Galler.