Kindred is a 2020 British horror feature film about a young pregnant woman who suspects her dead boyfriend’s family want her unborn baby.
Directed by Joe Marcantonio – making his feature debut – from a screenplay co-written with Jason McColgan, the movie stars Tamara Lawrance, Jack Lowden, Fiona Shaw, Edward Holcroft and Chloe Pirrie.
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.
Grief-stricken and increasingly haunted by visions possibly brought on by the pregnancy, Charlotte accepts their help. However, as the days go by and her visions intensify, she begins to doubt the family’s intentions and her suspicions grow that they may be trying to control her and her unborn baby…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“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.” The Hollywood Reporter
” …the surefire premise is squandered over the course of 101 minutes that increasingly wander off course before returning to a preordained path, beset by bewildering artistic decisions that undermine an occasionally harrowing tone. What bolsters the narrative are three strong performances which, together with handsome production design and lush cinematography, make the film — about the inherent threats posed by members of a family — barely bearable to behold.” Screen Anarchy
In the US, IFC Midnight will release Kindred theatrically and on VOD on November 6th 2020.
Cast and characters:
Tamara Lawrance … Charlotte
Jack Lowden … Thomas
Edward Holcroft … Ben
Chloe Pirrie … Jane
Kiran Sonia Sawar … Linsey
Anton Lesser … Doctor Richards
Fiona Shaw … Margaret
Natalia Kostrzewa … Betty
Nyree Yergainharsian … Doctor Rios
Toyah Frantzen … Doctor