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  Rated R · 86 minutes · 2019

Horror, Thriller, Western
There’s a mysterious chemical balance to great horror cinema between slow burn suspense, booga-booga scares and thematic undercurrents, and this frustrating collaboration between writer Teresa Sutherland and director Emma Tammi never quite strikes it. Somewhere on the American frontier plains in the 1800s, Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) comes to believe that some kind of supernatural force haunts her surroundings, much to the consternation of her skeptical husband, Isaac (Ashley Zukerman). The narrative weaves back and forth in time—from the aftermath of a traumatic event to months earlier with the arrival of neighbors (Julia Goldani Telles and Dylan McTee) for the isolated Macklins—and drips out the revelations with an acceptable degree of patience. Yet there’s a disappointing shortage of real gets-under-your-skin terror, and wispy subtext that flits between gaslighting, the existential loneliness of housewives, and some sort of commentary on the consequences of Manifest Destiny. While Gerard and Telles offer strong performances, you’d like to think that a supernatural thriller will ultimately deliver something unsettling, whether it’s what you’re seeing, or what you’re asked to think about.
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Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-wind
Director: Emma Tammi
Producer: Christopher Alender, David Churchill Viste, Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, Henry Jacobson, John Lang, Zac Locke and David Smith
Cast: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson and Dylan McTee

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