“Alice, Darling,” a drama starring Anna Kendrick as a younger girl unable to see that she’s in an unhealthy relationship, is grounded by the central efficiency of its star, who has spoken about her personal expertise of emotional abuse. Set throughout a week-long getaway at a lakeside cottage, the place Kendrick’s title character and two childhood associates (Kaniehtiio Horn and Wunmi Mosaku) have gathered to have fun a milestone birthday, it’s a subtly advised story, inviting us to look at the harm inflicted by Alice’s clingy-to-the-point-of-controlling boyfriend, Simon (Charlie Carrick), solely by way of its impact on Alice. Simon, a smarmy British artist, is essentially absent from the story, showing largely in short flashbacks and, late within the movie, on the cottage itself, uninvited after Alice confesses her whereabouts to him over the telephone. (In a single early scene collectively, she lies to him a couple of enterprise journey as a substitute of telling him the reality about spending time with associates. That’s the primary signal that one thing is amiss.)
Overview | ‘Alice, Darling’: A story of emotional abuse, oversold as a thriller
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