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Black Rock

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Director: Katie Aselton

Screenwriters: Mark Duplass

Institute History

  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Sarah invites her old friends, Abby and Lou, on a reunion trip to a remote island in Maine. There will be laughter, tears, and a boozy catharsis. It’s the sort of weekend that can transform the three into fully realized, grown-ass women. You already know this movie, right? Wrong.

Emotional release will come, but this is no weepy ballad of reconciliation. Working from a script by her husband, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton returns to the Festival with a taut, satisfying thriller. As the danger rises, the gorgeous cinematography transforms the bucolic island into sinister and elemental terrain. Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and director Aselton capitalize on the material and deliver remarkable performances, imbuing moments of unbearable suspense with raw emotion.

So go get your chick-flick jollies somewhere else! The women of Black Rock have to confront something far more dangerous—and heavily armed—than their feelings.

— J.K.

Screening Details

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