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Liz’s Reviews: Good Boy and Stéphane (Beyond Fest 2022)


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Good Boy

★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

Written and Directed by Viljar Boe

Sigrid (Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen) is a student looking for love on a dating app. She matches with charming, incredibly handsome and, she soon discovers, very wealthy Christian (Gard Løkke) and they really hit it off on their first date. Just one little issue…Christian lives with Frank, a man who spends his days dressed and living as a dog. Keeping an open mind, because in all other ways Christian is a real catch, Sigrid accepts his invitation for weekend getaway in the country- just the three of them- ignoring her and her roommate’s instincts that the relationship is moving way too fast.

When they arrive Sigrid soon discovers that Frank is not the domestic pet he seems to be and that her Prince Charming may be anything but.

Bolstered by fantastic performances from the two leads, Good Boy is a real punch to the gut. Put this film in the running for darkest movie ending of 2022!

Stéphane

★★★ out of ★★★★★

Directed by Timothée Hochet and Lucas Pastor

Timotheé is an aspiring filmmaker who meets the very eccentric Stéphane after he wanders into his latest short film and provides pyrotechnics for the scene. Quickly, Timo realizes that Stéphane is more interesting than any script he could pen, so he decides to pivot and make his film about his strange new friend. After a night of pranks, drinking and karaoke on Stéphane’s houseboat, the two arrive on his private island and things start (start?) to get very, very weird.

Stéphane is a satisfying mix of Creep and Man Bites Dog with a dash of Behind the mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon that when combined delivers a fresh new mockumentary thriller that provides laughs and plenty of things to cringe at but still serves up a final reveal that will have you yelling, “c’est incroyable”!

These two films are wildly different but share a common thread: protagonists who must be color blind because neither of them could see the myriad reg flags being waived in their faces! Oh, and they both have giant, furry dog costumes.

Something else these films share: they’re both coming to you from Blue Finch Films so stayed tuned to The Scariest Things for trailers and release dates!

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