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Adalynn

USA 2023
produced by
Malati Patil, Jacob Byrd for Jacala Productions
directed by Jacob Byrd
starring Sydney Carvill, Wade Baker, Janet Carter, Rob Shuster, Suzana Norberg, Maya McGowan, Joshua Smith, Tomlyn Nicholson, Stella Wellington, Tiffany Garges, Sarah Keene, Micah Bennett
written by Jerrod D. Brito, music by Vahid Jahandari, Vivian Lawrence, Danny Anderson

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Adalynn (Sydney Carvill) has just had a baby, Elisabeth, and while she's getting a little stressed out over being the perfect mother, her loving husband Bill (Wade Baker) has to leave for a conference, as his job pretty much hinges on it. Adalynn insists she'll be ok - but really it's clear from early on she's not. You see, she has lost a foetus 6 years ago through no fault of her own, but has never really overcome her grief and feelings of guilt, something that has triggered her OCD. Now she was on prescription drugs for that, but had to go off when she got pregnant and now doesn't want to spoil her mother's milk. So being at home alone, suffering from OCD and from postpartum depression, while having the surplus responsibility for the baby soon gets to her, so she's starting to hear things, see things, hallucinates, has blackouts, and endangers herself and the baby in the process. And slowly she starts to lose grip of reality - and that all is even before things get totally derailed ...

 

Now there's an original concept, postpartum depression done as a horror film. What's more important though is that the concept actually works here thanks to a directorial effort that's genre savvy but goes for atmosphere and suspense over spectacle, and also thanks to a clever screenplay that has a proper build-up with many twists and turns and a third act that puts everything on its head. And of course, that Sydne Carvill, who's in almost every scene of the film, delivers a great performance, doesn't hurt one bit either to make this really good, well thought through genre fare.

 

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