A rural couple hides a dark secret until a stranger infiltrates their lives and offers a way out.
The cold open is a device used so often in modern cinema that its power is often overlooked or misused. Here we begin with a pair of hikers. Tired, dehydrated, they wander the forest and suddenly happen upon a woman carrying a jug (Lydia Wilson). They’ve been wandering for days and ask for help, direction, or anything that will lead them to civilization. She offers shelter and leads them to her home. As they approach the homestead a truck barrels toward them. Adam (Nick Blood) bolts out of the truck and holds them at gunpoint. Territorial, Adam forces the two lost hikers into the truck and motors back to the homestead as the woman watches.
Who is this couple out in the middle of the forest? What are they hiding that would warrant the kidnapping and possible murder of two strangers? What was in the jug that the woman was carrying? As an audience, we are intrigued and want to know the answers to questions that hold our interest. This is how you open a film. Still, written and directed by Takashi Doscher, is a slow-burn mystery that not only holds our attention, but it actually makes us care about the characters.
“What are they hiding that would warrant the kidnapping and possible murder of two strangers?”
After an informative title sequence, we are introduced to Lily (Madeline Brewer). A young woman from a bad home, she is doing everything in her power to survive cancer that is ravaging her body. It’s too bad that she wanders upon the same encampment as the previous hikers. Or is it?