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Film Review: ‘Barracuda’

5 October 2017 2:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The story of a young stranger who shows up on a woman’s doorstep claiming to be her stepsister — and thus potentially in line for a piece of their dead-music-legend father’s pie — “Barracuda” initially seems like just another run-of-the-mill thriller about a grifter carrying out a duplicitous scheme. Credit to Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s indie film, then, for quickly upending expectations and delivering a far more uneasy, ambiguous portrait of women desperate for recognition and acceptance. Though its slow-burn narrative doesn’t pay off in a wholly satisfying manner, this offbeat nail-biter should nonetheless be welcomed by those eager for something off the beaten genre path.

Arriving from immediate parts unknown, Londoner Sinaloa (Sophie Reid) proves a surprising guest to Austin, Texas, resident Merle (Allison Tolman) and her fiancé Raul (Luis Bordonada) — especially once Sinaloa claims that she’s Merle’s half-sister, having been fathered and occasionally visited by their dearly departed country-icon daddy »

- Nick Schager

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