Dallas International Film Festival

Alone

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Runtime

98 minutes

Synopsis

Jules Willcox (Netflix’s Bloodline) stars in ALONE as Jessica, a grief-stricken widow who flees the city in an attempt to cope with the loss of her husband. When Jessica is kidnapped by a mysterious man and locked in a cabin in the Pacific Northwest, she escapes into the wilderness and is pursued by her captor. The key cast includes Marc Menchaca (Ozark, The Outsider) and Anthony Heald (The Silence Of The Lambs).

The greatest suspense thrillers are stripped to the bone — a progression of essential elements, unencumbered by backstory and exposition, the stakes raised with each successive beat. Two forces collide, tension builds to a breaking point – not letting up – culminating in cathartic release. In the final seconds we can finally breathe. And through it all, character was revealed.

When I read Mattias Olsson’s script for ALONE, almost seven years ago, I was knocked out by its sheer confidence in simplicity, the power of its minimalism. Like a song reduced to the fewest possible notes, ALONE was a suspense thriller crystalized to its essence. Mattias told a simple story of fear and peril against the backdrop of a character confronting grief. Through a series of increasingly charged moments, his story revealed character and intention with as few words as possible. In its delicate construction, each line of dialogue became magnified in importance, every noise an assault on the senses, every quiet pause an exercise in tension. His story focused primarily on a single character, which made the addition of a second a momentous event — the third representing the much desired bridge of the song.

Alone celebrates the genre by shedding away all that is extraneous, and delving straight to the fragile core of the human experience. It examines the stages of grief as a one-on-one battle for survival. Jessica must not only confront the hostility of man and nature, but also the war within her soul. Through it, the hunted must become the hunter, and turn the tables on her demons, those external and those that reside within.

John Hyams Director, ALONE

Available 9/18

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