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The Free Fall – Toronto After Dark 2021

The Free Fall – Toronto After Dark 2021

Synopsis:
After attempting to take her own life, a young woman must wrestle with an overbearing husband.

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A woman wakes from a coma to a life that is unfamiliar to her in . After witnessing a murder-suicide involving her parents, Sara () goes into a coma after supposedly slitting her wrists in the bathtub. She wakes up sometime later and is greeted by Nick (), a man claiming to be Sara's husband. With no previous memory of neither Nick nor the housekeeper Rose (), Sara begins to question whether they are truly looking out for her wellbeing.

The Free Fall is a horror film by director Adam Stilwell about an amnesiac woman named Sara, with no previous memory of her supposed husband Nick, a man who claims to be concerned for her recovery after a suicide attempt. However, it's also possible that Nick is gaslighting Sara, particularly after he forbids contact with her sister Julie () and a supposed friend named Tom (), who shows up at Sara's house. However, as Sara slowly recovers her memory, the truth turns out to be a whole lot more horrifying.

On the surface, The Free Fall seems like a fairly straightforward tale of gaslighting, with Shawn Ashmore doing a great job at portraying Nick as someone who appears to be concerned about Sara, but also gives off a somewhat sinister demeanour, particularly when he is shown endlessly typing at night. Ultimately, The Free Fall is all about the film's third act reveal, which you'll either end up going along with or rolling your eyes at. I ended up going with the former.

The Free Fall is streaming beginning on October 16th, 2021 as part of the virtual 2021 Toronto After Dark Film Festival


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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.