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Most Beautiful Island (2017)

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Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

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Ana Asensio

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Ana Asensio
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Ana Asensio ... Luciana
Natasha Romanova ... Olga
David Little David Little ... Doctor Horowitz
Nicholas Tucci ... Niko
Larry Fessenden ... Rudy
Caprice Benedetti ... Vanessa
Anna Myrha ... Nadia
Ami Sheth ... Benedita
Miriam A. Hyman ... Bikie
Sara Visser ... Katarin
Natalia Zvereva ... Ewa
Jennifer Sorika Wolf ... Mai (as Sorika Horng)
Fenella A. Chudoba Fenella A. Chudoba ... Alina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brett Azar ... Johnny
Andres De Vengoechea Andres De Vengoechea ... Jeremy, Party Guest
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Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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USA

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day to Night See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Glass Eye Pix,Palomo Films See more »
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1.66 : 1
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Vanessa: Our lives hang by a delicate thread and sometimes we can pull on that thread. It is so exciting, isn't it?
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Most Beautiful Island turns the American dream into a gruelling nightmare.
17 July 2018 | by TheMovieDioramaSee all my reviews

Directorial debut, producer, writer and leading actress. Asensio delivers a contemporary thriller utilising desperation as its thoroughly constructed buildup to its uneasy conclusion. What I will say, for the very first time, is that I leapt up from my sofa exclaiming "Nooo no no I can't do this!" and hid behind it with fear. Whether or not the same effect will occur to you depends on what conjures up your trepidation. As I write this, my skin is tingling with anxiety...it was that powerful. An immigrant who moves to New York to chase the "big dream" rapidly discovers that the idyllic lifestyle isn't so easy to achieve, thus resorting to desperation to earn money. Asensio's stripped back simplicity allows the dialogue to remain prominent throughout. Whilst it may lack sharpness and astute vocabulary, it does remain natural. Brave long takes of conversational pieces that slowly manifest into dread. In the back of your mind, you know something is going to happen...you just don't know what. Fear of the unknown is a commanding tool, and Asensio masterfully manipulates this concept to create a memorable thriller. Purposely avoiding the cynical issue of immigration was necessary to avoid being biased, and I appreciate that. It's not so much a character piece, but more of an event perspective where we follow the character of Luciana for just one day. Much like the thematic narrative, she remains unknown to us. Whilst I do appreciate the ambiguity, crucial back story elements needed more exploration in order to enhance the emotional investment of Luciana. This becomes apparent during the unspeakable final act. Honestly, I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares or violently vomit from anxiety. Powerful, just pure visceral imagery. Acting was solid all round and the casting of unknown stars elevated the natural environment even further. Will this appeal to everyone? Not at all. A slow contemporary independent thriller that relishes in its occasional pretentiousness. But what a payoff!


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