With echoes of Polanski and Haneke, this haunting and uncompromising psychological thriller is not your father’s Hitchcock.
Jakob and Helene’s quiet suburban life is completely turned upside down with the arrival of James, a young tennis player who mistakenly believes them to be his host family for a local tennis tournament. James is more than the disarming stranger he seems and he seeks more than lodging.
Much to his chagrin, his wife Helene invites the attractive stranger to stay and enjoy their last sail together. Jakob decides to give James an unwelcome lesson of his own—one that devolves into a full-fledged tennis match. Male egos clash ripping open the past and awakening memories and sexual urges long suppressed. Left alone inside their home, James secretly rifles through their belongings and learns of their recently deceased son, Teddy. Armed with this information, he travels with them to the lake.
The loss of the sailboat forces the trio to hike through the forest despite the ever-present threat of a mountain lion attack. With nightfall approaching, they refuge in a secluded mountain cabin where rekindled rivalries reach a fevered pitch until Jakob sends James into the night. Left alone, the wounded couple must confront the past and their son’s death through newfound compassion.
Country of origin: USA
Directed by: Sean J.S. Jourdan
Duration: 1 hour 42 minutes