Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fantasia 2010: Twisted Seduction (2010)

This is the fourth film review in the coverage of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival. In our life, we have the opportunity to see many films on abduction. Hopefully, Dominique Adams's Twisted Seduction is a proof that the genre of abduction thrillers knows how to renew itself while sticking to its chief mission: entertain us.

David Grant (Tom Broadwell), a 25-year-old man from Great Britain, has a PhD in Mathematics and a Masters in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University. He has come to Montreal and bought a whole commercial building that has lofts. His goal is to find the love of his life. This is why he kidnaps Francesca Besson (Caroline Brassard), a 24-year-old sales executive, because on paper, she has a 99,3% compatibility match (based on the personality) with him. Will David, with the help of his "science", manage to make Francesca fall for him by keeping her against her will in a loft with windows sealed by wood panels? Or will Francesca manage to escape?

While I didn't know what to expect from this film, I admit that, in the end, I was impressed by it. With that said, Twisted Seduction owes its greatness to director/scriptwriter Dominique Adams. Besides, in spite of a few moments where the pace slows down, the film isn't stultifying because Adams has an undeniable talent to write dialogues that sound more natural (and even smarter) than those written by American director Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds). In short, some lines will make you chuckle for good reasons or shiver a little bit.

Moreover, the pleasure to watch this film is definitely heightened by the brilliant way it uses its characters (especially David) and its sole setting (i.e. the building owned by David). In fact, by making David look like a laid-back person, the story doesn't judge whether David is right or wrong. Therefore, it becomes quite hard, yet amusing for viewers, to decide if David tries to force Francesca to love him because of his search for fun or his madness. Besides, Francesca is well played by Caroline Brassard who hopefully never overacts when it comes to portray her character's fear.

Finally, let's hope that this Canadian independent film made with a budget of about $30,000 will find a distributor, because there's definitely a public for a Twisted Seduction in North America. Speaking about the film, while I've seen few "genre films", Twisted Seduction is definitely the best "genre film" I've seen. Besides, even though (like me) you don't have a lot of knowledge on psychology, you'll think that Francesca's perception of David at the end definitely makes sense after what she's gone through.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:Canada (2010)
Length:90 minutes
Screenplay:Dominique Adams
Director:Dominique Adams
Starring:Tom Broadwell and Caroline Brassard

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