The actress is the lead in Parker Finn’s documentary about the life of a woman who is haunted and hunted by the trauma of her past and traumatic past. The film also features Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, and Kal Penn.
Parker Finn‘s disquieting debut Smile transforms a jolly gesture into a dangerous one. Smiles, which are friendly and welcoming by nature disguise deeper, more disturbing motives in this dark and disturbing movie about a demon that clings to the victims’ sufferings. The expression of grinning during the tough times here takes on unsettling tones.
Dr. Rose Cutter ( Sosie Bacon) is A friendly psychiatrist who doesn’t know anything about this until she is introduced to Laura Weaver (Caitlin Stasey) an undergraduate student who recently witnessed to the grisly suicide of a friend. They meet in an exam room of the peculiarly cozy ER in the psychiatric section. (The corridor walls have been painted with a bubble-gum pink and the examination room is decorated with yellow and blue accents.) When they are seated to discuss their ideas, Laura hurriedly recounts how her professor slammed himself to death before her and the harrowing smiles she witnesses in the eyes of loved and strangers ones, and the numbing sense that she’s going to pass away in the near future.
Rose smiles with understanding in response to this news However, it’s obvious that to Laura she knows that her doctor doesn’t seem to be listening. She’s making a diagnosis, looking for professional words to justify her patient’s heightened anxiety. Then, Laura is muted by the unnamed entity. The exuberant atmosphere created by Laura’s demands is replaced by an unsettling silence. Laura takes a piece of the broken ceramic vase and cuts her flesh. The camera (the Director Charlie Sarroff) Charlie Sarroff) doesn’t flinch at the murder that is accompanied by Rose’s blood-curdling screams. it creeps in, slowly taking a deep breath and pondering over the cut skin.
Smile is full of gruesome scenes that resemble this one disturbing sequence that embed their way into your mind as you follow the story of Rose’s frantic and often grueling adventure. It operates in the same way as the supernatural and psychic tradition The Ring is a fan of creating terrifying killings and creating a threatening moods. Lester Cohen’s design for production with a calculated simplicity creates tranquil scenes that are waiting to be shocked. In the meantime, Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s score is a thumping accompaniment to the narrative and adds depth to those horrifying corporeal houndstooth grinding on nails, snarling breathing bones breaking.
If Rose begins to experience the same hallucinations that Laura has experienced Laura Then she blames it on stress and past trauma. She’s always been proficient at separating her personal life into pieces by putting the painful experiences in an unreachable part of her head. But the more she observes the sharp smile (the one that’s throughout the film’s marketing materials) and the more difficult it is to overlook the things that are happening to her.
Finn and Sarnoff depict Rose’s increasingly anxious mental state and increased anxiety through wacky visual language. The upside-down images, flashes that are interpreted as tricks of the eyes, and an inclination to close-ups put us in the perspective of Rose. The film never gives up on the tension by utilizing the stomach-churning high-pitched feeling of a spiral of anxiety to keep viewers entertained.
The HTML0 version of Smile‘s screenplay that Finn wrote, is a confident sketch of Rose However, it doesn’t show the same level of confidence with regard to other characters such as her husband, Trevor (Jesse T. Usher). The cast of supporting characters struggles to get rid of its utilitarian semblance. It’s not just the dependence on pop psychology lines taken directly from a media story that characterizes common behaviors as trauma-related responses that make the scenes with Rose as well as her patient as well as Rose and her Therapist (Robin Weigert) appear unbelievable.
Certain of these ploys are easy to overlook when Rose becomes increasingly desperate. Bacon adeptly alters the character right before our eyes: The once calm and cool-headed doctor begins to unravel when the severity of her circumstance becomes apparent to her. She attempts to relay her story to Trevor as well as her younger sister Holly (Gillian Zinser) and tries to obtain an appointment for medication for anxiety from her therapist which feeds her pretentious statements on the effects of trauma.
The only person Rose is able to be confident with is her former boyfriend, Joel (Kyle Gallner) A police officer who is also the only person she has ever been unsure about. The two of them conduct an uninvolved investigation into the cause of these nightmares and attempt to determine who was the last person to be haunted by this mysterious and trauma-feeding spirit. Their quest is the bulk of the second half that sags and slows an otherwise compelling tale.
Despite its straying into the realm of predictable, Smile could be easily been tossed into the ever-growing pile of films that explore trauma. The cliches about hurting people, hurting other people, and healing one’s own inner child can sometimes claw their way into the limelight in this film. However, the film also hints at the real-world perspective on the lengths people go to shield themselves from mental illness or the perception of instability.
Rose Like Laura before her claims that she’s not crazy. Rose is against the stale phrase and, with its other synonyms, is tossed around several times. When she does confide in her family members they don’t accept the reality and instead try to use familiar terms to describe her experiences. Their manager (Kal Penn) is a witty commentator on mental health and employee satisfaction Her fiance is adamant about what this means for his personal life, as well as her sister, is quick to compare Rose with their mom who suffered from mental illnesses and took her own life. They don’t listen, and consequently, they stop looking at Rose and leave her to battle her own demons on her own.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Production companies: Paramount Players, Temple Hill Entertainment
Cast: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn, Rob Morgan
Director-screenwriter: Parker Finn
Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, Robert Salerno
Executive producer: Adam Fishbach
Director of photography: Charlie Sarroff
Production designer: Lester Cohen
Costume designer: Alexis Forte
Editor: Elliot Greenberg
Composer: Cristobal Tapia de Veer
Casting director: Monika Mikkelsen
Rated R, 1 hour 55 minutes