A doctor takes in a mysterious man who washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound. Quickly they both learn the killer has arrived to finish the job, while a storm has cut them off from the mainland.

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Ruba Nadda

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Ruba Nadda
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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Clarkson ... Helen
Scott Speedman ... William
Tim Roth ... Tom
Aidan Devine ... Al Tessier
Eric Murdoch ... Henry
Callum Keith Rennie ... James
Billy MacLellan ... Ed the Marina Guy
Dani Kind ... Wait Staff
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A doctor takes in a mysterious man who washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound. Quickly they both learn the killer has arrived to finish the job, while a storm has cut them off from the mainland.

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Over the back of the chesterfield in the cottage you can see a "Hudson's Bay Blanket". A white blanket with multicolored stripes, this blanket has been a staple in Canadian households, particularly cottages, over the years. See more »

Goofs

On the final scene, while standing face to face in an open space (no buildings or other structures casting shadows), Helen's face is brightly lit by sunlight on her left cheek, while Will is in a dim/uniform light. This suggests they were filmed at different times of the day. See more »

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Helen: I'm having engine trouble. I'm two clicks away from the marina. Just off Guthrie Point.
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Close Watch
By John Cale
Performed by Agnes Obel
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Nicely filmed but the expected climax did never come
16 December 2020 | by sorendanniSee all my reviews

Sometimes it amazes me, how many films with a modest budget can look really beautiful these days. As is October Gale. The scenes on and around the lake are beautifully portrayed on this film. The sound was also very good. The storm certainly came threateningly out of the speakers.

The film is ment to be part of the psychological thriller genre. Not everyone likes this type of film, especially since they are often slow to develop at first. But once they get going, they can pull the viewer out of their seat, into the story. However, there are two important conditions for this! First, the characters need to be explored very thoroughly so that the viewer can bond with them. Second, there has to be a plot that slowly ramps up the tension and comes recommended to a big climax, a big showdown between good and evil.

Unfortunately, October Gale fails on both counts. The actors have done their best, but the confused storyline does not allow them to put their soul into the characters. The heroine, the antihero, and the villain have all clearly experienced tragedy. But the storyteller fails to bring this to the viewer. We see a lot of flashbacks, but as a viewer you have the feeling that you are still missing a lot to see the whole picture. There are many loose ends!

Worse still, the promised climax is not there. The confrontation was not a bitter life-and-death struggle, not a terrifying chase, or not even just a little bit thrilling. No, the film only offers a faint light version of what we've seen in so many other thrillers. It is over before you as a viewer realize it.

Mainly because of the lack of the promised climax, I give October Gale only 5/10. A shame as it was filmed to carry a much better plot than this.


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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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October Gale See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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