Kindred Spirits

A teenager cultivates a fragile relationship with her mother and aunt.
Psychological Thriller

 

2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Relative: 
Mother
Related
Sibling
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
6
Our little secret...
4
5.04
7.04
6
2
1
2
Performances
Pace
Dialogue
The three main actresses, in Kindred Spirits, look incredibly young despite their character’s ages, which doesn’t hurt their chemistry, but constantly makes us re-evaluate their dynamic. This comes into play several times and makes us reconsider our preconceptions. If the synopsis or whoever recommended this didn’t give too much away, you probably won’t see the second half coming.
Just know that this is a horror film, and that terror can strike any kind of way. This plays out like a drama, at some point like a thriller, but unless you’ve been hinted at it, you’re surely not expecting the inciting incident. This slow-burn suspense doesn’t at first seem particularly sinister. Sadly, the plot isn’t that exciting. Give it time, give it time; it has a few tricks up its sleeves.
This is directed by Lucky McKee and written by Chris Sivertson, who never cease to impress. They’ve made a name in the plausible kind of horror on screen. Well, they’ve done it again. While I think Kindred Spirits’ screenplay is underdone and, as it’s told, uninspired, it ultimately delivers what the fan of psychological thrillers is looking for. It just takes a while to get there.
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