NOW Magazine - - REVIEWS - NW

MM D: Seth A. Smith. Canada. 99 min. Sep 14, 11:59 pm, Ry­er­son; Sep 15, 6 pm, Sco­tia­bank 11. Rat­ing: NN Nova Sco­tia film­maker Smith, who made the un­set­tling Lowlife a few years back, returns with this bleak psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller about a young artist (Danika Van­der­steen) who re­treats to a beach­side house with her tod­dler (Woodrow Graves, the real-life son of Smith and pro­ducer Nancy Urich) af­ter a tragedy.

Smith es­tab­lishes an un­easy vibe right away, with hints of a freak-out to come in the oc­ca­sional trippy footage of the artist paint mar­bling. But then The Cres­cent falls into a rut, drift­ing through long, lan­guid se­quences of vague men­ace and dicey dra­matic choices, pay­ing off in one of the year’s least wel­come twist end­ings.


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