14A, language, mature themes.
Dir: Nicole Dorsey, Canada, 2020, 100 min.
Luke Bilyk, Kate Corbett, Ella Ballentine.
“The lives of two emotionally damaged small-town misfits slowly converge in Canadian writer-director Nicole Dorsey’s accomplished debut feature, Black Conflux. It’s laced with subtle suspense and slow-building dread, and elevated by its strong visual aesthetic… The setting is Newfoundland… The year is 1987, and high-schooler Jackie (a luminous Ella Ballentine) is struggling to find the right balance between her chaste, studious, choir-loving side and the more rebellious adolescent thrills of hanging with the cool crowd, smoking weed and drinking beer and fumbling sexual exploration. With a boozy, party-loving aunt as her distracted guardian, Jackie appears ominously vulnerable to the darker forces that prey on teenage girls. As Jackie wrestles with growing pains, Dorsey finds neat parallels and visual echoes in the struggles of a mentally unstable brewery worker in the same town… Black Conflux is a constant visual delight… Dorsey and cinematographer Marie Davignon punctuate the drama with gorgeous imagery, from luxuriant aerial shots of Newfoundland’s wild, watery landscape to mesmerizing close-ups… The work of a skilled filmmaker.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter