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The Bay of Silence

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense psychological drama has adult themes.

Movie NR 2020 93 minutes
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A strong cast adds gravitas to this intense thriller, where nothing is quite as it seems, yet neither is it entirely unpredictable. Bang and Kurylenko have a natural chemistry as husband and wife, even as their relationship unravels and her behavior becomes erratic. Brian Cox as Rosalind's stepfather is the picture of upper-crust arrogance -- all fine art and pomp, with a brooding menace barely contained beneath the surface.

Adapted from a novel of the same name, The Bay of Silence moves at a solid pace with the pieces of the puzzle fitting together naturally. Each new revelation is set up with precision and care, if without much flourish. As the plot moves from location to location, the stunning settings are rich with a sense of place, from the detached London streets to the romantic, sun-drenched Italian coast, and the billowing ghostliness of a small Normandy fishing village. Interiors are beautifully lit and filled with a mystery and intrigue to match this carefully crafted thriller that offers a solid entry into the genre without reinventing the wheel.

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