Two women, with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy have driven a wedge between them.


Sophia Takal
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Complete credited cast:
Mackenzie Davis ... Anna
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Beth
Lawrence Michael Levine ... Jesse
Khan Baykal ... Paul
Alexander Koch ... Matt
Michael Lowry ... Vic
Colleen Camp ... Sandra
Jane Adams ... Summer
Julian Tolentino Julian Tolentino ... Jack
Mason Foster Mason Foster ... Joplin
Stella Foster Stella Foster ... Stella
Marisa Takal Marisa Takal ... Violet
Noah Gershman Noah Gershman ... Reader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mindy Robinson ... Candy


Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet inevitable confrontation, changing both of their lives...forever.

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I didn't want it to end...
2 December 2016 | by wildsparrow16See all my reviews

This movie is about two young, struggling actresses whose friendship is dying and they know it, so they plan a girls retreat in a remote cabin in Big Sur. One is beautiful, in a committed relationship, gets admiration where she goes, and has had some steady gigs. She is kind and gentle - much like the character "Chloe" that she plays on the show Rectify. The other is the better actress yet can't get cast, she is alone, has average looks and is very mentally unstable - we see this in the first few scenes and it builds from there. Gee, what could possibly go wrong on this trip? If Single White Female and In Her Skin had a love-child, it would be this movie - on steroids. But make no mistake - this is no chick flick. There is plenty of psychological suspense to go around. This is all accomplished with no gore, no blood. The ending could be improved upon, but at least it won't leave you in the dust. I strongly recommend this movie if you are into psychological thrillers.

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25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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