Friday March 9, 7:00 pm
“Once you’re here, it’s hard to leave,” a bearded hippie threateningly mumbles to Beth (Danika Vandersteen), a recently widowed mother who has retreated along with her two-year-old son, Lowen (Woodrow Graves), to a rural haven somewhere on the outskirts of Halifax. As she attempts to ward off a looming mob of lugubrious figures (who may or may not be projections of her own damaged psyche), Beth is plunged back into the nightmare she thought she had escaped.
In the hours, days, or weeks that follow – time, an increasingly warped quantity in our grieving protagonist’s mind – the mother-son pair are immersed into an extended daydream that takes them deeper and deeper into their fractured unconscious. With this dizzying labyrinth of a film, director Seth A. Smith conjures an atmosphere fraught with fear, psychedelia, and profound feelings of loss. The Crescent is a shape-shifting whatsit that refuses, at every moment, to loosen its cold, firm grip.
“A creeping atmosphere sets in almost immediately, gripping the screen tight until the final image, which can either be read as subtly hopeful or despairingly eerie.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
Preceded by There Lived The Colliers