Raped. Disemboweled. Nearly decapitated. Dumped on the outskirts of a nature reserve, dead - or so they thought. She needed a hero that night, so that's what she became. This is Alison's tale. A tale of monsters, miracles and hope.
In this poignant snapshot of the modern relationship, a dysfunctional night with his girlfriend challenges Jay to evaluate whether the rewards of intimacy and commitment are worth the complicated baggage that comes with.
'Alison' examins the inner world of a pregnant, 30-something woman as she navigates the treacherous waters of self-doubt and self-destruction. Exploring a life at the point of no return - how we shape and are shaped, how the trying and transformational forces inside us and around us can sometimes do us good and sometimes do us harm.Written by
I saw 'Alison' at its premiere at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, and was immediately taken by several things -- it's thoughtful pacing, its incredible cinematography, and its emotional performance by Lauren Fortuna as the main character. There were lots of long takes, which I find refreshing in this age of quick edits, and it really allowed the performers to stretch out and use their gifts to pull you in. The story is fairly minimalist -- a pregnant lady leaves her husband and deals with the fallout -- but the way the director staged the movie and the way the cast made it work helped it rise to a level of involvement not usually seen in micro-budget films. Quiet and understated, 'Alison' asks you to really pay attention and actually become involved in the story. It's almost like a foreign film in its intelligence and its pacing (which some might find a bit slow). But its very well done, and I look forward to seeing Fortuna in her next movie.
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