A psychological thriller rippling with suspense, KINDRED follows vulnerable mother-to-be Charlotte (Tamara Lawrance) as she is taken in by her recently deceased boyfriend’s mother (Fiona Shaw) and her stepson (Jack Lowden), who seem increasingly obsessed with her every move. Plagued by mysterious hallucinations, Charlotte’s suspicions grow about Margaret and Thomas’ intentions for her unborn child.
Our film kicks off by introducing us to Ben (Edward Holcroft) and Charlotte (Tamara Lawrance), who are a couple who lives near his mother (Fiona Shaw), and they are a happy couple. Still, they inform Margaret that they are moving away to Australia, much to her dismay.
As we begin to learn who they are, Charlotte is pregnant, and while she is unsure whether or not she wants to have the baby, Ben is excited, and Margaret is not okay with them moving now. We then see a transition into Ben, who is caring for the horses, and the horse kicks him and ends up taking his life.
Next, with the loss of her husband, her pregnancy, and a mother-in-law trying to keep her trapped in her presence, Charlotte is starting to grow frustrated, concerned, and worried about what’s ahead. Margaret wants control of this baby and will do everything to make sure that Charlotte is away from leaving.
Also, Tamara Lawrance and Fiona Shaw’s chemistry is fantastic. You genuinely feel like these two hate each other, and it carries the film to another level. I would also like to point out Joe Marcantonio’s writing within the film as he did a great job of painting the picture of where Margaret came from to find us where she is now. Marcantonio’s writing is elegantly done in a way that makes you invest in what is going to happen.
Above all, I want to point out the fantastic score of the film done by Jack Halama and Natalie Holt. There is one scene between the second and third acts that was an intense emotional chase scene enhanced by this beautiful pulsating score. Throughout the film, it only got better and better.
Finally, we reach the point of no return, and honestly, the ending was somewhat of a surprise for me. The layout of the final 15 minutes set this movie on another level. I was impressed with the risk-taking finale that Marcantonio presented us.
Kindred is an emotionally gripping thriller that will leave you mad.