look away

Director: Assaf Bernstein (the debt)

Starring: india eisley, harrison gilbertson, mira sorvino, and jason isaacs

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

Maria is an alienated high school student whose life gets turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.

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.

You can't help but feel that Look Away perhaps belongs to 90's psychological horrors in light of the inherent quality that lies in the genre these days from Jordan Peele's Us to John Krasinki's A Quiet Place

Look Away makes too many narrative leaps for you to not only buy but for the world in which it inhabits to be at all believable. There is a line of logic that runs through it that doesn't always completely gel or really make sense. 

Even though there are parts of the film that are engaging, because of uneven narrative leaps and logic it is difficult to fully invest in Airam's (the protagonists) journey. 

India Eisley does do some great work never drifting into a melodramatic performance which could be the temptation here. It feels as if this role was meant to be a more 'grown up' role (nudity included) to signal her departure from her more 'wholesome' work on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Some great work from India Eisley is ultimately let down by a mediocre script. 

★★

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Look Away is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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