Newest Reviews
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Windom's Way
True Don Quixote, The
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Newest Articles
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
  Clementine Forbidden Fruit
Year: 2019
Director: Lara Gallagher
Stars: Otmara Marrero, Sydney Sweeney, Sonya Walger, Will Brittain, Samuel Summer, Will Cuddy
Genre: DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Karen (Otmara Marrero) has hit a bad patch recently, with the breakup of her relationship with her older, richer girlfriend, D. (Sonya Walger), which had not happened at her instigation. Indeed, she is very reluctant to let go, and when she finds out that D. has not only changed the locks on their (read: her) house but is also keeping their beloved dog Ramsay, Karen decides drastic action is needed, though she is not one hundred percent sure what. On impulse, she gets in her car and drives out into the wilds of Oregon, but with a destination in mind, the lakeside house where she enjoyed many happy retreats alongside her ex. Breaking in, she sits stewing in her misery, pondering her next move - but she is not alone out there.

This sounds like the start of a thriller, in fact it sounds like the start of a nineteen-nineties erotic thriller where Shannon Tweed would reign supreme, but the writer and director here, Lara Gallagher (credited as Lara Jean Gallagher), making her feature debut after a selection of shorts, music videos and commercials, was reluctant to go too far into the realm of cliché. Nevertheless, there appeared to be one major influence that was proving quite the touchstone for two-handers designed for actresses (see also Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth, for instance), and that was Ingmar Bergman's Persona. Back in the sixties, it was a choice between that and Roman Polanski's Repulsion over which was the most unforgiving examination of the errant female psyche.

Yet Gallagher, seemingly aware she could have easily had her characters descend into utter, self-destructive madness as so many before them had, was not completely on board with that idea, and went off in a different direction. Only not completely different, as Karen still had her long, dark nights of the soul to endure and we can tell that even by the conclusion she had a lot of reckoning to go through before she was able to move past his incident in her life (or set of incidents), though that was largely down to the director's handling of suspense. All the way through we are led to believe that there is more going on than we or possibly Karen has been told, and our suspicions are raised since we have seen scenarios like this before. However, while we are teased a grand finale, what we got was diminished by those expectations born of previous experience the actual film perversely veered away from, instead piling the anguish onto its lead character.

She is left either thinking she had a lucky escape or an unlucky encounter, maybe both, though to say more would be to expose what meagre surprises Clementine held (one of them being it was titled after the fruit rather than a woman's name). The premise is that once Karen has established herself in the lake house with no idea of what to do next, a distraction arrives in the shape of a mystery lady she had no idea was around the vicinity, one Lana (Sydney Sweeney) who says she's a nineteen-year-old aspiring actress. There's a bit of Persona-style role-playing (even a monologue) and exposure of the limits we go to present a version of ourselves to the world, be that based in our self-worth or our hopes for receiving esteem from somebody else, but by and large we trundled along as Karen and Lana felt each other out psychologically and we started to brace ourselves for the worst. Don't get me wrong, what does happen isn't great for Karen, but it's mainly embarrassing, and it's the business with D. that she really needs to get over. It's that anticipation of a thriller, erotic or otherwise, that may lead to disappointment. Music by Katy Jarzebowski.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 283 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: