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The Watcher Self (2016)

The Watcher Self is an unsettling psychosexual chiller written and directed by Matt Cruse about one woman's descent into hell. Cora (Karen French) begins her day facing the consequences of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen French ... Cora
Julian Shaw ... Van
Sylvia Seymour Sylvia Seymour ... Wanda
Lucy Charles Lucy Charles ... Kelly
Tony Stansfield Tony Stansfield ... Pitman
Helen Barford Helen Barford ... Rose
Chloe Palaontas Chloe Palaontas ... Young Mother
Samantha Smith Samantha Smith ... Businesswoman
Tony McPherson Tony McPherson ... Businessman
Mark Starr Mark Starr ... Investment Banker
Viphakonh Johnson Viphakonh Johnson ... Smoker
Mackenzie Scott ... First Anonymous Man
Glen Gerard Glen Gerard ... Kelly's Sweetheart
Olivier Beaubois Olivier Beaubois ... Enamoured Man
Sebastian Canciglia Sebastian Canciglia ... Doting Man
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The Watcher Self is an unsettling psychosexual chiller written and directed by Matt Cruse about one woman's descent into hell. Cora (Karen French) begins her day facing the consequences of a nightmare. Struggling to maintain a normal routine, she engages in a series of emotionally detached encounters and experiences a confusing psychological connection with the strange and elusive Van (Julian Shaw). Then echoes from the past threaten to derail her tenuous state of mind, and Cora becomes increasingly dislocated from her surroundings. Is she going insane, or is it something else? The Watcher Self is about what remains when the layers of sanity are gradually stripped away... and what may or may not be real. Written by Matt Cruse

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25 March 2016 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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Caution: Your breaking point may come before the end of the movie
17 February 2019 | by daddymanSee all my reviews

There is always a breaking point for everything. In The Watcher Self, we the viewers watch as the lead gradually works her way (no pun intended) to her breaking point. Simultaneously however, we too may experience a breaking point of our own. Is it the excessively applied and ultimately anti-climatic sound effects and themes for you? Maybe it's the fact that other than the lead, no other character shares more than 10 full sentences for you? Perhaps it's the painful and frustratingly open-ended conclusion of the movie for you? It doesn't matter. Chances are this movie will find (or create) a breaking point for you and in so doing, it will have proven to be a true psychologically tumultuous journey. Some may be looking for this in a movie, but I personally did not enjoy multiple aspects of this movie as it was too open-ended for me. This is not to say the lead lacks talent as an actress or that she is not an image to behold, but that (...seemingly empty) script simply did not do her any favors. Direction with the lead was okay, but every other individual is either written to be facile and uninteresting or is terribly directed.


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