TIFF 2023 Review Woman of the Hour

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A solid directorial debut for , though somewhat dilutes the impact of Rodney Alcara's killing spree

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Genre:  Crime  Drama 
Directed By:  Anna Kendrick 
Cast:  Anna Kendrick  Daniel Zovatto  Tony Hale  Nicolette Robinson 
Plot Synopsis:  Rodney Alcala was a killer in the midst of a killing spree when he brazenly took part and won a date on the popular TV game show "The Dating Game".


Rape and Sexual Assault -  Abuse -  Kidnapping - 

A contestant on The Dating Game turns out to be a woman-killing serial killer in Woman of the Hour. Cheryl Bradshaw (Anna Kendrick) is a struggling actress in 1978 Hollywood. Cheryl's agent gets her a role as the main contestant on The Dating Game, a cheesy match-making game show hosted by Ed Burke (), where Cheryl is tasked with questioning three bachelors. However, audience member Laura () recognizes Bachelor No. 3 as Rodney Alcara (), a serial killer who has been killing women in the area.

Woman of the Hour Synopsis

Woman of the Hour is the directorial debut for Anna Kendrick, who also stars in the lead role of actress Cheryl Bradshaw. The film, written by Ian MacAllister McDonald (Some Freaks), is based on the true story of the time serial killer Rodney Alcara became a contestant on The Dating Game, while in the midst of a killing spree in the late-1970s. In addition to the main plot during The Dating Game, the film utilizes various flashbacks of Alcara stalking his victims.

My Thoughts on Woman of the Hour

Woman of the Hour is a solid directorial debut of Anna Kendrick, whole also shines in her performance during the main Dating Game plot. However, the film makes the conscious attempt to tell the story of Rodney Alcara's killing spree, without actually showing his murders of women on screen. This, along with the ultimately directionless subplot involving traumatized audience member Laura, whose warnings about Alcara is met with apathy, somewhat dilutes the overall impact of the story and Rodney Alcara's story is probably better told as a documentary.

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