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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.

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Rupert Jones

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Rupert Jones
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Cast

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
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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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$6,980
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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 »

Quotes

Abby: You've got a businessman's face.
Carl: I'd rather have his wallet.
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Don't Go In The House
Performed by High Contrast
Written & Produced by Lincoln Barrett
Published by 3 Beat Music Ltd
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It changes as it's twisted
3 December 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Why is it that estranged mothers always seem to show up when we are frantically trying to clean up all evidence of a murder that took place in our apartment? OK, maybe that's not really a common occurrence, but it's certainly at the heart of this Hitchcockian psychological mind-bender from writer/director Rupert Jones. His brother, the very talented and always interesting Toby Jones, stars as the quiet ex-con attempting to get his life on track.

A pre-credit opening scene has Carl (Toby Jones) borrowing an uncharacteristically flashy (and quite hideous) shirt from a helpful neighbor for his date which was arranged online. After passing out on the sofa, Carl discovers his date Abby (Sinead Matthews) dead in the bathroom and flashes back to a brief moment of violence. Both Carl and we viewers are disoriented – a sensation that sticks with us until the end credits roll.

An ominous voicemail leads to a visit from Carl's mother, played by Anne Reid. What follows are Mommy issues galore (on par with PSYCHO in this department). Mother and son have irreconcilable differences over something in the past, but she clearly understands his 'tendencies' better than he does – especially those related to women, alcohol and violence.

Director Jones has a very interesting visual style, as well as a unique approach to story-telling. He expects commitment and attention from viewers, and rewards those who play along. Despite the claustrophobic feel of Carl's apartment, there are some creative camera angles to go with the imposing nighttime shots of the building's exterior.

The three main actors are all excellent. Ms. Reid is a screen veteran who has spent most of her career on British projects, and she excels as the slightly creepy, dominant figure in Carl's life. Mr. Jones and Ms. Matthews, as Carl and Abby, have one exchange that really stands out. Abby: "You're a sneaky snake" Carl: "What do you think that makes you?" Abby: "Nasty" It's such a raw moment, and a turning point (along with the voicemail) in their evening. Much of our effort goes into slowly assembling the pieces and clues that are doled out along the way, and it takes a sharp eye to catch some of them … while we are challenged by others to determine if they are dreams, or actual memories. A kaleidoscope changes color, shape and perception as it's twisted – just like this movie. It's a fun ride if you enjoy the twists and turns of determining which parts of a nightmare are reality and which parts are something else.


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