Lucky / Natasha Kermani

  • Country and year: USA 2020
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 83 min
  • Director: Natasha Kermani
  • Writer: Brea Grant
  • Producer(s): Chelsea Davenport, Patrick Ewald, Robert V. Galluzzo, Kimberly Hwang
  • Cinematographer: Julia Swain
  • Music: Jeremy Zuckerman
  • Cast: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Kristina Klebe, Kausar Mohammed, Dhruv Uday Singh
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

Lucky lays its cards on the table right at the start. If you think you’ve seen all there is to see in terms of horror films where men randomly attack women, think again. Natasha Kermani takes the language of the slasher film and uses it for her own purposes in a film whose playful moments will amuse and delight fans of traditional horror before they give way to something much, much darker.

What would you do if a man came to your house every night and tried to kill you? The police, when summoned, immediately take a look at May’s injuries and suspect she’s trying to cover up after a domestic violence incident. When they ask “Does your husband know this man?” she feels too embarrassed to repeat what he said to her. Later, when she tries to explain, her words sound absurd even to her. —

Ultimately opening out into a much broader and more challenging dialogue, Lucky (the title refers primarily to the way women are often told they should feel when they survive violent assault) uses its surreal concept to ask questions about a real world which is really far stranger. Though shot on a low budget, it’s handsomely produced, and Kermani shows the same gift for visual storytelling that made her 2017 film Imitation Girl stand out. [Brea] Grant, who wrote the script as well as starring, submits completely to the logic of the role even as her character grows increasingly outraged by the absurdity of it all. —

A smart, savvy film which never lets itself be overwhelmed by the deep emotion underneath the surface.” – Jennie Kermode / Eye for Film

 

“An unexpected subversive horror-thriller that will challenge, scare, and ultimately entertain”
– Rosie Knight / Nerdist

”A story rooted in female fears and told from a clever, unique angle with multiple great payoffs”
– Laura Di Girolamo / Exclaim!

“Will easily find a home within the subgenre of sci-fi/horror, taking cues from series such as Black Mirror
– Shannon McGrew / Nightmarish Conjurings

“Looks like a conventional slasher movie but is actually a surreal fantasy on the form – exploring the notion that every woman might be the final girl in an eternally sequelised horror franchise, fighting off a masked attacker every night, spending her days dealing with cheerfully unhelpful authority figures, then going through the whole thing again the next night, beset by an eternally resurrected, faceless assailant who might be the amalgamation of all the men in her life.”
– Kim Newman / The Kim Newman Website

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