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Look Away (2018)

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LOOK AWAY is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Maria, an alienated high-school student whose life is turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.

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Assaf Bernstein

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Assaf Bernstein
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Cast

Cast overview:
India Eisley ... Maria / Airam
Jason Isaacs ... Dan
Mira Sorvino ... Amy
Penelope Mitchell ... Lily
John C. MacDonald ... Mark
Harrison Gilbertson ... Sean
Kristen Harris ... Naomi
Kiera Johnson Kiera Johnson ... Ginny - Woman at Clinic
Michal Bernstein Michal Bernstein ... Claudia
Glenn Odero Glenn Odero ... Waiter
Burt Lancon Burt Lancon ... Skating Coach
Ernie Pitts ... Gabriel
Adam Hurtig ... English Teacher
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Storyline

A lonely 18-year-old high schooler opens up to her reflection because of the lack of support she has from family and her peers. She switches place with her supportive, but evil, twin that she discovers in the mirror's reflection, but the newfound freedom unleashes suppressed feelings.

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Love/Fear. Passion/Seduction. Free/Trapped.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Look Away See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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$1,119,537
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2.35 : 1
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India Eisley's first Nude film. See more »

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The movie appears to take place in upstate New York (licence plates on cars are New York state, as well as some other American references); however, around 21:30 when Maria walks across the road you can clearly see her walking toward a Canada Post mailbox with a "University of Manitoba" sign above it. See more »

Quotes

Dan: [holds up mirror] What do you see, hm? You see a sophisticated young woman, do you? A fiery, independent spirit? An adult? Is that what you see? 'Cause I'll tell you what I see. I see a little girl trying way too hard and looking pathetic. Now sit in your goddamn chair.
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Twisted reflection
10 January 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Look Away's' main attraction was its premise, maybe not exactly original, the ideas themselves are not new really but it did sound like the film was trying to do something fresh with them. Nonetheless though, it actually sounded very creepy and interesting. Some of 'Look Away' sounded like it could be relatable too. The cover and advertising were attention-grabbing and looked creepy, almost nightmarish, and also like Jason Isaacs quite a lot as an actor.

Seeing it, being encouraged by people saying it was for them better than expected and the above average rating as of now, 'Look Away' is not a great film and has flaws. Which actually happened to be the general consensus for the film hearing about it. Unfortunately these flaws are not large and a couple bring the film down rather significantly. As indicated though, there are quite a number of good things here in 'Look Away'. Would call it decent but uneven, which is actually not too bad a position to be in as a film and an acceptable distinction.

Beginning with 'Look Away's' good things, the acting is better than average. India Eisley carries the film intensely and poignantly and Isaacs is good support. So is Penelope Mitchell. Mira Sorvino is not the best used but she does a reasonable job too. The film shows a foreboding atmosphere and has a slickness to how it's shot. The use of sound is suitably ominous and not obvious or cheaply recorded.

Most of the story compels. There is a genuine creepiness, with the mirror image being appropriately sinister. There also is some subtle tension and the melancholic tone to some parts is poignantly done. Found myself relating to the protagonist, none of it is intelligence insulting (generally the viewer is treated with relative respect) while there is an effort to not be predictable. The direction is more than competent.

There are issues though. The script can be quite weak and sounded underwritten. Some of the pace is a bit too slow and like trudging through mud in the scenes where there is not as much as going on as others, a bit of trimming might have helped.

Am aware that Mark is not really a character one is meant to be like, one that one is meant to feel anger towards, but he never really grows in development and irritates throughout. Worst of all, as others have said, is the ending, which took ambiguity and unresolved questions to extremes and came over as confusing and unfinished.

Overall, an uneven film but with a good deal to commend it. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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