Director: Andrew Semans
Writer: Andrew Semans
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman
There are very few actors with Rebecca Hall’s knack for making difficult, even contradictory, characters plausible. Suffice it to say, therefore, that even his knack for the dignified and intelligent depiction of mental and behavioral instability is found at Waterloo with Andrew Semans’ “Resurrection 2022,” a psychological thriller that starts out promisingly before veering off in earnest (and sadly serious in itself). mental disorder. She ends up several stops north of the wackos, in an ending that hints at a transgressive, psychobiological role reversal, but plays like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1994 comedy “Junior” with a torture porn makeover.
Initially, Margaret (Hall) is an aspirational figure. With a glass-walled office at her lucrative pharmaceutical job, a well-appointed apartment, and intimate but no-strings-attached sex-on-demand with married co-worker Peter (Michael Esper), she’s also a doting mother to a 17-year-old boy. years. old Abbie (Grace Kaufman), who is about to leave for college. (On one level, “Resurrection” can be read as the mother of all empty nest breakouts.) In fact, she’s so close that she presents us with her no-nonsense and tough-love advice for inexperienced intern Gwyn (Angela Wong Carbone). , whose boyfriend belittles her, she then teases that she can’t take a joke when she complains. “Sadists never understand why other people don’t enjoy their sadism as much as they do,” says Margaret, firmly but gently encouraging Gwyn to stand up for herself.
Perhaps the jump to “sadism” seems premature, although we will soon discover that she knows what she is talking about. Still, the exchange establishes Margaret’s no-nonsense credentials as a strong and admirably supportive woman. So what if she’s a bit overprotective of Grace, she’s never allowed her to ride a bike and insists on constant check-ins? So what if she blurts out the strange harsh homily about toughness and self-sufficiency and she seems mildly derisive of weakness? Otherwise, she is a credit and an inspiration to the sorority.
But the omens are gathering. Margaret has drawn again for the first time in 22 years. Abbie discovers a human molar in her wallet one day. Then, at a conference, Margaret sees David (Tim Roth), a man she hasn’t seen in two decades, since she escaped the monstrously manipulative clutches of a “toxic” relationship she doesn’t even begin to cover. . He immediately has a full-blown panic attack. Suddenly he’s everywhere, and when she finally musters up the courage to face him, his ghastly smile shows that he’s missing a tooth.
This is a solid montage of #MeToo suspense, graded by Hall’s ever-elegant and sinister Roth performance, by Wyatt Garfield’s grimly elegant style, and by the prickly strings of Jim Williams’ haunting score. But then the exact nature of David and Margaret’s former relationship is revealed, in a seven-minute monologue delivered by Hall in unbroken close-up: a distracting acting exercise treated with the dramaturgical reverence of a speech. “TheCherry”. Orchard,” despite the insanity of his revelations. In one of the very rare instances of an identifiable reaction, Margaret’s convenient confidant, Gwyn, stammers, “Is this a joke?” before staggering away, no doubt making the ‘she’s crazy’ hand gesture as she rounds the corner.
It is not a joke. Nothing is a joke in “Resurrection,” which is so serious about commissioning its increasingly banana plot that all the craziness can’t even be said to be that entertaining, aside from the weird surreal imagery. (There is, to be fair, a grotesquely convincing baby roast.) She can see how this same material could turn into a luridly enjoyable horror in other hands. But Semans, directing from his own script edited into the Blacklist, strives for the importance and topical relevance of trauma survivors, despite the fact that Margaret’s rape amounts to cult brainwashing so severe it’s genuinely hard to relate to and impossible to see how she can have suppressed her psychotic and delusional influence so successfully for so long.
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