Directed by Sophia Takal
Two longtime friends, Beth, an indie actress whose star is on the rise, and Anna, who is still struggling, head off to a secluded cabin for a weekend vacation. But as secrets come out into the open that cause jealousy and resentment, the pair find both their friendship and their sanity decaying. As tensions ramp up, the two women seem to switch personalities and things start to get very, very twisted. Sophia Takal’s acclaimed thriller offers a gripping update of the female friend psychosis subgenre typified by films like PERSONA, 3 WOMEN and MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
The relationship between two actress friends turns twisted when they head off on a weekend retreat.
Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch, Jane Adams
love it. not horror but a slow burn thriller.
Although it boasts solid performances - and tries to inject its story with meta social-commentary - Always Shine doesn't have the visceral third-act punch it needs to justify its lead-up, and therefore fizzles out long before the credits roll.
Excellent! Really great movie - just give it a chance after the first quarter - the tension rises beautifully.
At first I wasn't quite sure what this was doing on Shudder, but I'm glad I saw it. Some scenes are incredibly tense, if a bit overwrought. At just under 90 minutes, this is worth a watch if you're looking for something different