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Kindred (2020)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 November 2020 (USA)
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Plagued by mysterious hallucinations, a pregnant woman suspects that the family of her deceased boyfriend has intentions for her unborn child.

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Joe Marcantonio
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Credited cast:
Chloe Pirrie ... Jane
Fiona Shaw ... Margaret
Jack Lowden ... Thomas
Anton Lesser ... Dr. Richards
Edward Holcroft ... Ben
Kiran Sonia Sawar ... Linsey
Tamara Lawrance ... Charlotte
Natalia Kostrzewa ... Betty
Toyah Frantzen ... Doctor
Nyree Yergainharsian ... Doctor Rios
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When her boyfriend dies suddenly in an accident, psychologically fragile mother-to-be Charlotte is taken in by his family - but they seem increasingly obsessed with her every move. Her suspicions grow and panic builds - but just how far will they go in their desire to control her and her unborn baby? Written by Reiver Pictures

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Mother Knows Best


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She had a chance at 1:08:00(or so) there was a cell phone that was on the table in the foyer on a charger. See more »

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An undulating thriller
11 November 2020 | by joker-4See all my reviews

The success of a slow-moving thriller depends on the progression of the threat and the characters' belief in their peril. Else, the true disaster arrives as a resolution and - even worse, compadre? - an explosion of wasted time. Kindred might move at a zombie pace (the Romero type, eh) but is a triumph in turning a regular brew into a tasty pumpkin spice latte.

Both suspenseful and dramatic, Kindred is an undulating thriller full of second-guesses and betrayal under the tight enclosure of a manipulative family while remaining ohso perfectly British, quiches and all.

Kindred marks the full-feature debut for director Joe Marcantonio, and in any other year, this would have been a word-of-mouth hit at indie theaters. Marcantonio masters the slow burn. The setting is a properly-stuffy English manor that is foreboding and beautiful... until one notices the inner decay eating away at the wallpaper; hidden mold breaking through the cracks. Similarly, the movie starts out sunny and hopeful only to end in gloom and despair. Marcantonio is never flashy - until he needs to be - and often quiet, until the noise screams through.

Following the accidental death of her boyfriend, mother-to-be Charlotte is taken in by his estranged mother, Margaret, and her adult step-son, Thomas. At first their help and care is welcome until Charlotte becomes aware that they truly only want her unborn child to carry on the family name. Dread brings the realization that once the child is born, what need is there of the mother? Like Jonathan Harker in Castle Dracula, Charlotte's role transforms from guest to that of prisoner.

Charlotte's paranoia escalates as the narrative pushes forward. Her damaged phone is never returned. And what is being mixed in with her tea? Or is all this confusion an onset of rushing hormones? Even attempts at escape merely result in tighter restrictions. Charlotte wants the child but she desires her freedom all the more.

Running at 101 minutes, Kindred feels double that. Yet that distortion in time allows Marcantonio to fill this cinematic world with real and full moments: the sorrow at the death of Ben, Charlotte's paramour; the comfort of a cuppa divorced by the revolting poison within; the overwhelming joy over the possibility of freedom; questioning the duty of family and the role of motherhood. Kindred might be frustratingly slow, yet it is also thoroughly entertaining.


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UK

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6 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,795, 8 November 2020

Gross USA:

$8,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,921
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