Film review

Fogbound

OPENS MARCH 21, CERT 15, 97 MINS

Backed by veteran director and Uncut hero Monte Hellman, Fogbound is Dutch director Ate De Jong's clammy, claustrophobic, ultimately flawed psychosexual three-hander.

Travelling through a spectacular mountain range by van, married couple Ann (Orla Brady) and Leo (Ben Daniels) and friend Bob (Luke Perry) hit a wall of dense fog. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, they're forced to confront their feelings about one another. Ann wants a child, but Leo doesn't. Ann talks divorce. Bob's been in love with Ann for a long time but he's never told her. De Jong builds the tension well (despite obvious references to Polanski's Knife In The Water) but when Leo is compelled to reveal his former life as a sadistic French Duke, the film starts to owe more to Black Adder than Bergman.

Luke Perry is surprisingly plausible; relative unknowns Daniels and Brady battle it out in a manner more suited to fringe theatre—the added dimension of Ann and Leo's mutually dependent S&M marriage adds thicker fog to this already dense film.

Rating: 3 / 10


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