Observance Friday, 03 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's here.

  • Starring:

    Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, John Jarratt, Benedict Hardie, Tom O'Sullivan, Roger Ward, Gabriel Dunn

  • Directed by:

    Joseph Sims-Dennett

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    Suicide attempt (wrist-slicing). People are followed, watched, manhandled, scalded, grabbed, run at, slapped, trapped, tackled, face-grabbed, hit with objects. Break-and-enter. A man puts bait on a hook in close-up. Object knocked over. Arguing, yelling. Strangled her, committed suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, parts of body seen in water (drowning implied), photos of corpses (very bloody). Bloody thumb, objects, clothing, eyeball, face, nose, head, hand, wrist. Dripping/smeared blood. Scars, burns, torn/peeling face. Animal corpse, loose eyeballs. Child seen with blackened eyes (dream sequence). Broken neck mentioned.


    A couple have bedroom sex. A man watches internet porn, masturbates. Kissing (photo). Nude woman (rear and side views). Low-cut gown, cleavage. Man in shower (no genitals seen), woman in nightgown, woman in towel. Shirtless man. Mistress mentioned.




    F-word, s-words, a-word. P*ss. Religious reference.


    Private investigating, voyeurism, phone-tapping, spying, death of a child, grief, reporting, fever, suicide, debt, ringing phones, relationships, engagement, sanity, paranoia, hallucinations, tragedy.


    Dead child, estranged wife, dead fiance. Abortion mentioned. Buzzing insects, rat, dogs, unknown creature swimming in liquid, fishing, dead worms, animal head. Weird black goo, unexplained thumps/activity/voices/visions/moving objects. Spitting, vomiting. Toilet. Vision under end credits.


    Effective, surreal, impressive, admirable, abstract, intense, atmospheric, creepy, ambiguous, simmering, stylish, odd, polished, refreshing, supernatural, solid, unsettling, chilling, disturbing, dread-inducing, unnerving, gripping, suffocating, paranoid, claustrophobic, twitchy, icky, low-budget. Solid performances, creative/remarkable/phenomenal/original/menacing/terrific sound design, striking/beautiful imagery, good/promising build-up, jagged approach to narrative, obscure/cryptic sequences, grand ideas/execution, dramatic footage of the sea.


    Incoherent, muddled, vague, disappointing, frustrating. Distracting/bad accents, tired gimmick, confounding plot, little sense of urgency, WTF ending.

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