Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults
, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns
(some may recognize him for short film The Cub
). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.
Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson
’s The Master and Sean Durkin
’s Martha Marcy May Marlene
, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen
sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.
In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser
), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession.