Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Only Make Believe

After a drug deal goes wrong, a pregnant woman is incarcerated for murder. She leaves prison and tries to reconnect with her daughter, thinking her debt to society is paid. Unfortunately, it isn't. Known internationally as It's Only Make Believe, Eventyrland is a bleak and gritty crime drama featuring a physically demanding performance by the director's actress wife and a believable performance by the director's stepdaughter. I was especially impressed by an emotionally resonant scene in a pond where lead actress Silje Salomonsen strips down to her underwear and searches for a lost ring in a the cold, murky water. What could have been another Lifetime movie increases in intensity until the harrowing ending.

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