She Will

She Will

Alice Krige is exceptional as a convalescing screen star whose metaphorical demons take physical form in this rural chiller.

Veronica Ghent (Krige), once a beloved film star, is recuperating from a double mastectomy. She travels with her nurse Desi (Kota Eberhardt) to a remote Scottish retreat, apparently built on ground once used by witches. There’s a self-help guru (Rupert Everett) there, along with his acolytes, and locals who run the gamut from friendly to toxic. Veronica’s relationship with Desi is terse at first, but gradually they warm to each other. At the same time, the director (Malcolm McDowell) who directed the film that made a teenage Veronica a star is remaking the film and searching for a new young actor. News of it becomes the catalyst that transforms Veronica from aggrieved victim to avenging angel.

Charlotte Colbert’s film, working from a smart screenplay co-written with Kitty Percy, is rich in atmosphere and characterisation. Veronica is seen grappling with ghosts from her past before learning how to project them outwards, as a way of seeking justice against those who wronged her. More an unsettling chiller than outright horror, She Will skillfully employs genre conventions in order to grapple with the trauma that results from life in a notoriously predatory industry.

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Runtime 95 Minutes
Release date 22 July 2022
Certificate
  • Certification: 15