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Kaleidoscope (2016)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 8 December 2017 (USA)
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A psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother.


Rupert Jones


Rupert Jones
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Credited cast:
Anne Reid ... Aileen
Sinead Matthews ... Abby
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deborah Findlay ... Maureen
Karl Johnson ... John
Toby Jones ... Carl
Joseph Kloska ... Joe
Tim Newton Tim Newton ... Officer Fry
Cecilia Noble Cecilia Noble ... Monique
Clare Perkins Clare Perkins ... Launderette Assistant
Frederick Schmidt ... Wesley
Manjinder Virk ... Officer Torrington
Andy Williams Andy Williams ... Plumber


Kaleidoscope is a taut, psychological thriller that explores the inescapability of a destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother. At the heart of this modern day 'Psycho' are some unsettling questions: Can we ever escape the role in which we are cast by our early circumstances? Must a perpetrator first be a victim?

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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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1.85 : 1
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Abby wears Carl's T-shirt, marked BURMANS PALLETS LTD. His mother later names her oncologist as Dr Burman. See more »


Abby: You've got a businessman's face.
Carl: I'd rather have his wallet.
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Marguerite douloureuse au rouet Op 26
Written by Albert Zabel
Performed by Chaerin Kim
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Confused, Unsatisfying
3 November 2018 | by silvio-mitsubishiSee all my reviews

Toby Jones plays Carl, an ex-convict who meets a woman online around the same time as his mother visits. The story is told out of episodic order, and includes brief flashbacks to memories of Carl's father and how he came by the titular kaleidoscope. There are some inspired shots, comparing a monolithic tower block and a three-sided staircase to the view through the toy. There are a few short scenes away from Carl's flat. There are almost incidental mentions of Carl's plan to have his own gardening business that add nothing to the plot, maybe even distract from it. There is a shabby ending, which destroys any tension or suspense the story had. Wonderful to look at but as hollow and unfilling as a chocolate egg.

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