Allure

Jason Sanchez and Carlos SanchezCanada105 minutes201714AColourEnglish

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Jan 13
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Intro and Q&A with directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez

Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) works as a house cleaner for her father's company but her personal life is far from pristine. As she looks for love in all the wrong places, her heartbreaking behaviour points to hardships in her past. One day on the job, she meets 16-year-old Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a quiet teenager frustrated with her disciplined life. In Eva, Laura rediscovers an innocent tenderness. In Laura, Eva finds a thrilling rebel who can bring her into unknown territories. The mutual attraction morphs into obsession as Laura convinces Eva to run away from home and live with her in secret, perilously raising the stakes for the impressionable teen as Laura's emotional instability becomes clear. Renowned photographers Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez's foray into cinema is defined by a striking dramatic pull and career-high performances from Wood and Stone. Allure (formerly titled A Worthy Companion) is a stunning psychological thriller — a tale of power dynamics that is heightened by the characters' seemingly prosaic quest for normalcy.

MAGALI SIMARD

Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) fait de l'entretien ménager pour la compagnie de son père, mais sa vie personnelle n'est pas des plus ordonnées. Elle cherche toujours l'amour au mauvais endroit, un comportement qui révèle les blessures de son passé. Au travail, elle rencontre Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), une ado de 16 ans au tempérament réservé qui en a assez de sa vie rangée. Grâce à Eva, Laura redécouvre une certaine tendresse innocente, et en Laura, Eva trouve une rebelle fascinante qui peut l'entraîner vers l'inconnu. Leur attirance mutuelle se transforme en obsession tandis que Laura convainc Eva de s'enfuir pour vivre secrètement avec elle. Mais ceci augmente dangereusement les risques encourus par l'influençable Eva, car l'instabilité émotive de Laura se révèle. La plongée dans le cinéma des photographes de renom Carlos Sanchez et Jason Sanchez est caractérisée par une intensité dramatique remarquable et des performances de Wood et Stone à leur meilleur. Allure (dont l'ancien titre était A Worthy Companion) est un superbe film à suspense psychologique et un récit sur les rapports de pouvoirs qui trouve sa force dans le désir de normalité de ses personnages; une quête loin d'être aussi prosaïque qu'il n'y paraît.

DramaGender, Sexuality + IdentityFemale ExperienceCanada
director
Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez is a fine-art photographer and filmmaker from Montreal. He studied at Concordia University with his brother Jason. Their work is housed in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Allure (17) is his feature debut.

director
Jason Sanchez

Jason Sanchez is a fine-art photographer and filmmaker from Montreal. He studied at Concordia University with his brother Carlos. Their work is housed in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Allure (17) is his feature debut.

Additional Credits

Director
Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Production Company
micro_scope
Producer
Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Screenplay
Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Cinematographer
Sara Mishara
Editor
Jesse Reviere, Elisabeth Olga Tremblay
Production Designer
Emmanuel Fréchette
Sound
Claude La Haye, Sylvain Bellemare, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Original Score
Olivier Alary
Cast
Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O'Hare, Maxim Roy
International Sales Agent
Seville International
Canadian Distributor
Les Films Christal, Films Seville
US Distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films