A doctor takes in a mysterious man who washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound. Quickly they both learn the killer has arrived to finish the job, while a storm has cut them off from the mainland.
Genre : Drama/Romance/Thriller
Country : Canada
Patricia Clarkson : Helen Matthews
Scott Speedman : William
Tim Roth : Tom
Director : Ruba Nadda
“Helen, if you let him in, we are both dead.”
What do I remember of “October Gale” after watching it ? Strange but true, the soundtrack eventually made the biggest impression on me. Melancholic piano music wonderfully fitting the state of mind of Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson) . The entire film is carried by the compositions of Mischa Chillak. And especially the beautiful and fragile number “Close Watch” of Agnes Obel playing at the beginning of the film, while Helen navigates her boat over the huge lake to civilization, was perfect at that moment in the film. The modest and understated performances by Clarkson and Speedman (William) were outstanding. And afterwards I also had the desire to travel to such a remote island where you can stay undisturbed. But these are ultimately the only positive things I can think of. It’s a fairly empty and uninspired film. “October Gale” is being described as a thriller, with a touch of drama and romance in it. But ultimately it’s only a brief sketch about Helen’s process of handling the loss of her husband, with varying emotions coming up. There was a brief moment of romance in the present and a lot of it in the flashbacks. And to label it as a thriller, they really should have come up with a bit more tension since that section was extremely limited.
The fact she couldn’t connect with her cell phone, while this really wasn’t a problem in the beginning, made clear that communication waves in these parts of the country aren’t really weatherproof and are blown to all directions at the slightest storm. It was also totally incomprehensible to me where those emotions between the two protagonists suddenly came from. There was no apparent reason for that. Perhaps the intimacy during the operation and the additional care, created the charged atmosphere and ensured the chemical reaction between Helen and William. And apparently it’s custom in those parts that after getting punched in the face, you’ll make some coffee for the attacker. But the most annoying thing was the fact that the whole affair about William wasn’t explained. Eventually I wanted to know what had happened and what caused it.
Conclusion: Cinematographic sometimes a joy to look at, but the content missed a little panache and passion.
My rating 4/10
Links : IMDB