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In 1999, South African emigrant psychiatrist Colin Bouwer murdered his wife in what he thought was an undetectable manner. He was not counting on the skills and tenacity of New Zealand police and his colleagues in the medical profession.
A tense psychological thriller exploring the troubled past, conflict-filled present, and uncertain future of the Shellners. 75 year-old Dr. Nathaniel Shellner's led an extraordinary life as a psychiatrist, earning himself a Nobel Prize. After having one child with his wife, Lillian, they decide to adopt from the camps where Dr. Shellner worked. Ultimately the Shellners have 5 children; Tommy, Julie, and Harry. As Dr. Shellner lies on his death bed, the family gathers for a final farewell. Untill Tommy arrives and accuses his father of adopting his children not out of love, but to use them for psychological experiments.Written by
Michael Z. Wechsler
I am a sucker when it comes to psychological thrillers. I'm also the world's harshest critic when it comes to stories about characters having mental breakdowns so I went into this expecting to see the typical "insanity" clichés. Fortunately, this had none of them. The best thing to say about this film is it's always a few steps ahead of you. Even when you think you have a handle on what's happening, you don't. It straddled the family drama and psychological thriller genre very well, blending elements of both without letting down in either category. In some ways, the mood and tone resembled The Shining and The Sixth Sense....films rich in atmosphere and dread.
This is also the kind of film that bears repeat viewings to see how all the clues layered throughout pay off in the climax.
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