Kindred

by Joe Marcantonio

A young, pregnant woman finds herself surrounded by her dead boyfriend's peculiar family and seemingly no escape.

When her boyfriend Ben suddenly dies in an accident, mother-to-be Charlotte collapses upon receiving the news. She wakes up in Ben's family home, a crumbling old manor house in the middle of nowhere with Ben's overbearing mother, Margaret, and his controlling stepbrother, Thomas. They are determined to care for her, at least until the baby arrives. Griefstricken and increasingly haunted by visions possibly brought on by the pregnancy, Charlotte accepts their help. But as the days go by she begins to doubt their intentions and her suspicions grow. Are they drugging her and keeping her captive, with the aim of taking her unborn baby? As her visions intensify and the haze of lies grows, Charlotte decides that her only option is to break free from this family once and for all – but at what cost?

Genre / Language / Length
Thriller / English / 100 minutes
Original title
Corvidae
directed by
Joe Marcantonio
director of photography
Carlos Catalan
screenplay by
Joe MarcantonioJason McColgan
produced by
Reiver Pictures in co-production with Fastnet Films
Cast
  • Tamara Lawrence (ON CHESIL BEACH, THE LONG SONG)
  • Jack Lowden (DUNKIRK, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY)
  • Fiona Shaw (HARRY POTTER, COLETTE, KILLING EVE)
  • Edward Holcroft (KINGSMEN, THE SENSE OF AN ENDING)
Q&A with cast and director

Press Quotes

"A dazzling performance from Tamara Lawrance in the lead role."
Screen International

"Skilled performances from the entire cast help, but no less crucial to the film's effectiveness is the visual command, the elegant yet somehow baleful compositions and the long takes that allow the psychological unease of the scenario to fester. The prickly score is another key part of the package, with sharp, counterintuitive use of a serene Bach cello suite in a moment of sudden peril. The chilling finale is a shocker, but it's the restraint that guides us there that makes Kindred an accomplished debut."
"Lowden, who also served as producer, pulls off a creepy balancing act between being a pawn doing Margaret's bidding and making his own moves by presenting himself to Charlotte as a friend, confidant and perhaps even a substitute romantic partner."
"Marcantonio shows confidence and maturity in his choices. There are no cheap jump scares or shocks, just a queasy feeling that gets under the skin and remains there in a film notable for its sustained mood."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Nearly flawless and compelling from start to finish."
Nightmarish Conjuring

"Driven by a trio of strong performances, especially from Tamara Lawrance."
Vulture

"There are moment of pure brilliance when the mixture of reality and history come into play."
Patch

"A beautifully rendered psychological thriller"."Blessed with first rate work from Tamara Lawrence, Fiona Shaw, and Jack Lowden, Kindred is a family story that should get under your skin."
Deepest Dream


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