Taking an unsettling look at the consequences of emotional manipulation and codependent relationships, Resurrection mixes magical realism and horror to unnerving effect. The film stars Rebecca Hall in the role of an emotionally distressed mother bent on protecting her children from harm. After an ex-lover (played by Tim Roth) reappears in her life with insidious intentions, Margaret (Hall) finds herself being pushed to extreme limits that test her “kindness” and ability to be a good mother to her 18-year-old daughter Abbie. Motherhood is a key facet of Margaret’s personal identity, one that she has carefully cultivated while juggling single parenthood and building a successful career. Margaret desperately tries to shield Abbie from the horrors of her past, but her obsessive maternal instincts quickly become “suffocating;” she unintentionally pushes her daughter away, leaving Margaret alone to face her tormentor. Hall’s magnetic lead performance — including an intense seven-minute monologue — lends a haunting presence to this surreal psychological thriller.
Directed by Andrew Semans
2022 | USA | English language | DCP