Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BLEEDING THROUGH (2012)
Lindsey (Sandy Behre) is a shy girl. She is also going throuhg a lot. Her parents are dead, her boss is a jerk, her teacher at school is a letch and her brother continually nags her that they have to sell the house. Lindsey is showing signs of depression that are completely ignored by everyone around her. Her boyfriend thinks she's just being an ice queen.
Then she meets Katie (Ruby LaRocca). Katie is funny and spontaneous and tries to bring Lindsey out of her shell. Lindsey has started being happy, dressing up and in love with Katie.
All is going well.
Then the betrayal occurs that sends Lindsey to a tub of warm water and a razor. That one straw has been broken and she can't stand to be alive anymore. She slices her wrists. (Note: This actually occurs at the beginning of the movie so, I'm not giving anything away here. Back to the review)
Lindsey's lifeblood oozes into the tub and she dies.
Then she comes back.
What comes out of that tub of gore is the opposite of everything Lindsey is and is interested in one thing...revenge!
Director Henrique Couto has made quite a discovery in his lead actress. Sandy Behre is one of the most captivating actresses I have seen in a long time. She reminds me of a very young Lina Romay. She conveys the anguish that people who live every day with depression so well. In the transformation she becomes this cold, inanimate angel of death that frightens the viewer.
See, Mr. Couto did something interesting. He gave us a film that forces us to invest time in Lindsey. Where no one else in her cinematic world realizes the demons she battles on a regular basis, Sandy Behre conveys a young woman's tortured soul. Everytime she has a breakdown for whatever reason it breaks our heart to watch. So, bravo to Ms. Behre. She did good. Very good.
A huge fan of Ruby LaRocca since forever it was nice to see her in this supporting role. She switches from sweet to creepy to mean as Hell in the drop of a hat and this was a really serious role for her. I know Ruby can do drama and this just proves it once again.
In the end Bleeding Through is an intense drama that deals with serious issues of depression, suicide and discovering one's sexuality disguised as a pretty cool supernatural revenge flick.
Bravo, Mr. Couto. Well done, sir.