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Issue: Aurumn 2015

One-Eyed Girl (2014) movie review

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A psychiatrist in a downward spiral is drawn into a cult in the South Australian hills.

Psychiatrists have psychiatrists. They need them. It has been suggested that listening to people talk about their problems and illnesses while in a receptive state can cause the psychiatrists (and other therapists) to take on those problems and illnessed.

When we meet Travis he is listening to person after person, and we see his reality drifting. After the death of a female patient, he loses touch and ends up on the floor of his apartment calling for help after a drug overdose.

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Movie poster, One-Eyed Girl
In the land of the blind the one eyed girl is Queen

A young woman, Grace, hands him a brochure on a train, and leads him to a storefront preacher, and a farm in the hills where he detoxes.

We think of the United States more than Australia when we think of the cult of personality. Father Jay is very Australian, which is a bit disconcerting after seeing so many American cult leaders.

Travis questions and resists as the story winds to its inevitable conclusion.

There is a flatness in the delivery of the lines, and a distance from the audience that makes it difficult to really care about the characters in this film.

Touted as a dark, psychological thriller, The One-Eyed Girl winds along, thrill free, and expecting the audience to do the work in engagement.

Interesting, but not exceptional.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 2 April 2015
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Title: One-Eyed Girl (2014)
Written by: Nick Matthews & Craig Behenna
Directed by: Nick Matthews
Running time: 102 mins
Rating: MA 15+

The Players: Mark Leonard Winter, Sara West,

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