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Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
As a woman who has struggled with severe depression off and on my entire adult life, this movie has hit close to home for me. This is an absolutely accurate portrayal of a life unraveling. The acting is second to none. Mental illness does not discriminate. This film will stay with me for a while. This is as real as it gets, folks. Brace yourself.
THE SWERVE is the best film of its kind since Roman Polanski’s REPULSION. Anchored by Azura Skye’s breathtaking lead performance, Writer/Director Dean Kaplsalis, with able support from Producer Tommy Minnix, immerses us in the vivid world of high school teacher, wife & mother Holly, just as it begins to strain and crack. Her unraveling downward spiral, brought on by relatable, mundane indignities, is presented with precise staging and extremely well crafted writing, delivering a cathartic, searing experience. There’s a certain kind of movie which is absolutely necessary at times when we need to process our sublimated grief, rage or sadness and THE SWERVE does just this, but the level of artistry it employs elevates it even further. An undeniable work of art.
We now live in a world that renders many as invisible and though I’m not sure where I’d place this movie I think horror is not the correct category… perhaps physiological drama. Its uniqueness makes it all the more compelling but once that thread starts unraveling it’s not a stretch to see where it’s headed. There are some glowing reviews on this and that’s partially why we rented it but if you’ve seen a fair share of movies it may be hard to say it’s one of the best you’ve ever seen. It’s pretty apparent Holly is depressed and sees herself as one of the unseen and being seen is all but unachievable without unwanted consequences and that’s a story you don’t often see done well in movies. There’s a lot of truth in it and things that we could identify with even with much it is more implied than stated… like the husband that just comes across as creepy though he really doesn’t do anything.
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
Azura Skye is excellent in her portrayal of what can happen to a woman whose mind is taken over by a lifetime of repression. "I'm here!!!" she screams in a universe that does not acknowledge her existence. A cautionary tale warning of the dangers of the disconnection and emptiness pervading modern life.
A fantastic debut from director Dean Kapsalis, I will be waiting in anticipation to see what he does next.
I seem to be alone in this, but I was not impressed by this film. Nothing at all was surprising. Who thought she wasn't going to commit suicide? Who couldn't see that she would leave the dang pie out for everyone? Who commits suicide by pie? It's an abomination. Everyone loves pie! We're American as apple pie! It's pure slander. If the script and directing were a little better I would wonder what actually happened and what didn't. Azura Skye put in a good performance. The anhedonia was dripping off her. The actor who played Paul was very good, as why the husband character. He did nothing overt but he just screamed "sleazy loser". Not a bad movie, just not a "wow".
I am not sure how this movie has 4 stars, but I want to save others from paying to rent it like I did. Although Azura Skye is definitely a good actress and the score/cinematography are quality as well, the film itself is slow, plot-less and very poorly screen-written. It's as if they spent all their energy on a great actress, camera man and composer, and forgot about putting any effort whatsoever into the actual story. This could have been good but was such a waste of time and money.
THE SWERVE is easily one of the best films I've seen in the last three years. I had heard some of the hype, but wasn't expecting it to be as stunning as it is. Is it a horror film? Yes. And I daresay scarier than a lot of other movies that share the genre. The difference for me is how deeply felt it is, how surgically precise in finding so much horror in the daily existence of the central character. It's a horror story in the way MACBETH is, and that's not a stretch (Shakespeare references are in the production design and in the most terrifying pie I've seen since TITUS ANDRONICUS). Most of the credit belongs to director and writer Dean Kapsalis, of course, but he couldn't have pulled this off without Azura Skye's Oscar-worthy performance (and the rest of the amazing supporting cast and crew). I can't wait to see what he does next!
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
Rented based on reviews (4 stars). Maybe if you're really stoned, this would be a thriller but it was SO SLOW that I found myself hitting the "10 second fast forward" button a lot. I'm not interested in following someone's grocery shopping trip in real time in the middle of a movie. Especially someone moving at a strange, swaggery, half speed. It was worth watching and the acting was great but there were so many elements that just didn't seem relevant to the story or didn't seem to have a connection to the plot. I still don't understand how the movie description focuses on her dark past and a home invasion but all I learned was that she was heckled by her sister for eating a pie when she was a kid, a pie that she says she never ate, there was a mouse in her house and I still don't know how that ties into her mental illness and current situation. It's possible, I was just too bored to tie it all together. I feel like I've watched 4 different stories (1. teacher's hot for student. 2. mom who's exhausted and unappreciated. 3. cheating husband. 4. sisters who don't get along) Oh, and there's the mouse in the beginning for a while... and they were all, Meh.