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Dark (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 17 October 2015 (USA)
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A disturbed young woman must confront her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a New York City loft during the 2003 blackout.

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Nick Basile

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Elias (screenplay), Nick Basile (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Whitney Able ... Kate
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Leah
Michael Eklund ... Benoit
Brendan Sexton III ... John
Benny Ash ... Avi
Redman ... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eunice Ahn Eunice Ahn ... Model
Steel Burkhardt ... Sean
James Dinonno ... Bouncer
Kristopher Thompson-Bolden Kristopher Thompson-Bolden ... Marcel
Anita Valentini Anita Valentini ... Bag Lady
Rose Wartell Rose Wartell ... Yogi
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During the New York City blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the middle of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night. Written by Unknown

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On August 14th 2003 New York City went DARK

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR (5.1)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Brilliant film for an art-house crowd
18 May 2016 | by alisonporter-11374See all my reviews

This film rather took me by surprise. I went into this with no preconceived notions other than it was about the North American blackout of 2003 and had Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead) in it. This film hit me on a deeper level than expected and stayed with me for quite a few days after seeing it. It's portrayal of a young woman with mental issues, suffering from a very deep depression played to perfection by Whitney Able (Monsters) related to me. Knowing someone personally who dealt with depression, I thought the movie captured that state of mind completely. The subtle depiction of the lead, Kate's, slowly devolving emotional state through to it's brutal ending was uneasy to watch. I can see why some people may find the movie slow but I was gripped throughout because of the lead character. The acting is superb as well as the "jump cut" editing style and the cinematography, naturalistic and beautiful. The sound design, particularly in the second half, was really well done, especially considering most indie films usually fail on sound. It makes NY seem like a very intimidating place, at least in the main character's mind. Even though the film is set in NYC, it feels very much like a European film. Having grown up in the UK and loving a lot of art house films, most European cinema has never been plot-focused. European directors usually focus on the accurate representation of internal states, rather than external drives. This film's goal can be described in the same way and pulls it off quite successfully. It's definitely a movie that will not please everyone. It's not "entertaining" in the traditional movie sense but rather a cathartic, intimate experience for 93 minutes. If you like arty cinema with dark subject matter, you'll absolutely appreciate this indie gem.


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