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After receiving word of his partner Clara’s passing, Roger travels to the desolate family cabin where they would often vacation together. As he pours over the home videos recorded during their trips, Roger begins to realize that someone has been watching them from the woods for years.


Grimmfest says: Combining the low-fi, can-do creative sensibilities of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with a narrative set-up seemingly inspired by Beckett's KRAPP'S LAST TAPE, Aaron Bartuska's savvy psychodrama confronts head on one of the primary questions which undermine any found footage movie – who is assembling and editing together this footage, and why – and makes it the narrative focus. The protagonist, Roger, retreats to an isolated hunting lodge, where he used to holiday with his dead partner, and starts rewatching old MiniDV cassettes he filmed of their times there. As he does so, we start to see the relationship they actually had, not the one he chooses to remember, and the nature of her fate starts to become increasingly clear. What seems at first to be a cabin in the woods shocker about a couple stalked by a mysterious masked observer, gradually reveals itself as a study in unconscious gaslighting and survivor guilt. Made on a microscopic budget, with two remarkable first-time actors, and mixing fluid, mumblecore-style improv-naturalism with a more carefully controlled use of space and location to generate escalating unease, it's as much a subtle, carefully observed portrait of an imploding, utterly toxic relationship as a horror movie, with the most powerful chills of all often deriving from an unexpectedly revealing moment of emotional cruelty or oblivious insensitivity. Much of it was actually shot on real MiniDV tape, too, giving the film an authenticity and visual texture which does much to evoke the late 90s / early 2000s era in which it is set. Carefully paced, subtly nuanced, gradually revealing its themes as the lead characters reveal themselves, this is an ambitious, ferociously intelligent, and emotionally devastating movie, the final implications of which will haunt you. Particularly if you've any regrets about your behaviour in any of your past relationships.

 

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    European Premiere
  • Rating
    18
  • Director
    Aaron Bartuska
  • Screenwriter
    Aaron Bartuska, Gwyn Cutler, Derek Pinchot
  • Producer
    David Sholom
  • Cast
    Michael Andrusiewicz, Jenna Gibilisco, Nicholas Paparo, Russell Ranere
  • Cinematographer
    Joshua Peffley
  • Editor
    Gwyn Cutler