Monday, April 28, 2014


By D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Selection

This is a very interesting puzzler with twists to the story and a suspenseful feeling that remains until the end of the film.

Elisabeth Moss, who we all know from Mad Men, stretches her acting talents in this tale of a marriage that has soured due to a cheating husband and an angry wife.  Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) and her husband Ethan (Mark Duplass) seek help from a therapist (Ted Danson).  The film appears to be going in the general direction of discourse and disagreement until the therapist offers to send the couple on a weekend retreat that he claims has proven very successful with some of his other patients.  According to the therapist his patients all come back "renewed".

Setting off for the retreat, located in the Ojai Valley in Southern California, they find two luxurious homes and apparently total solitude.  They give it their best shot in attempting to find common ground and repair their relationship.

A couple of Intruders appear and ingratiate themselves into the couple's weekend, both physically and psychically.  Friendly and flattering, with a incomprehensible sense of familiarity, these intruders provide a sense of mystery since they remain unidentified until the end of the film.

The film is interesting to watch, has many twists and turns and a completely unexpected ending.  While it might have been just another film about marriage on the rocks, the story line and the actors raise the film to that of a genuine gem.