Film Review – Faye (2021)

|An experimental contemporary absorbing magnum opus solo performance by Sarah Zanotti as the physically and psychologically scarred, Faye, is the backbone of this haunting chiller.

Arriving for a mandatory writers retreat at a beautiful waterside timber house somewhere in Louisiana, accomplished author Faye is under strict instructions to use the time there to punch out a few chapters of a new book, at the very least.

It’s been six months since Faye lost her husband in a car accident, however she believes he is by her side, talking to him every day as normal. But Faye is not normal.

Mini monologues are spoken to an unseen audience from a stage by Faye interspersing over five chapters of peculiar storytelling through dream sequences, drunken exploits and weird occurrences. Grief is at the core.

Zanotti is staggering, completely alone (most of the time) often nonsensical or delusional whilst maintaining a complete hold on your attention. A particular uncomfortable, under the covers in bed scene reminded me of, The Entity (1982) or Hollow Man (2000).

Director Kd Amond obviously had a cosmic connection with her fully committed star, defining an acute collaboration.
More jump scares than horror, unusual mind-bending diversion.

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★★ 1/2


Horror | USA, 2021 | 15 | DVD, Digital HD | 9th May 2022 (UK) | Reel 2 Reel Films | Dir.KD Amond | Sarah Zanotti