Following an incident in her past, Cordelia now lives with her twin sister, Caroline in their late father’s basement flat.
Starring: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Johnny Flynn, and Joel Fry
Directed by: Adrian Shergold
Written by: Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Adrian Shergold
“Cordelia” seems like a nice woman, but she definitely has some issues. Some of those issues aren’t necessarily Cordelia’s (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) fault, as a promising acting career was cut short. Now she’s acting on a much smaller stage, and just trying to get by. She'll have the challenge of just getting by when she's forced to stay in her apartment alone while her sister goes away with her boyfriend.
Leaving her alone in the apartment opens the doors to fears and paranoia. She hears things all around her, and it makes her uneasy. Some of it is actually her neighbors, and in one situation it’s a mouse. Not helping are apparent strange phone calls she gets, which leads her to think someone is stalking her. Soon enough, she takes some comfort in befriending Frank (Johnny Flynn), one of her neighbors. At first it seems like a well timed meeting of two people who could help each other, but it eventually goes down a bizarre road.
For those looking for a slow burner, this is definitely it. The film is in no hurry to reveal anything big, and takes its time unfolding the layers of Cordelia. The audience may never get a real hold of what her issue is. They just know she’s scared to be alone, and not quite sure what’s going on around her. Is she really being stalked, or is it all in her head?
Which leads to her strange and brief relationship with Frank. There’s something odd about him too, so it seems like they’re a good match. The audience might not be sure if it’s something romantic between the two, or just two people who need another person with them. Then again, the door is open to Frank being the stalker. Apparently he’s had a eye on Cordelia, but not close enough as he failed to realize her twin lives with her.
By the time the film nears a conclusion, there will be plenty of questions popping up. Some will be answered, and some will be left to the audience to figure out. However, there’s no question that there’s something wrong with Cordelia. As soon as she’s isolated from her sister things begin to unwind for her. The film slowly gives the audience a peek into her life, but there seems to be much more they don’t tell us. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood.