Redlands

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Redlands


Dir/scr: John Brian King. US. 2013. 108mins

A darkly amusing indie drama with a twist, John Brian King's thoughtfully structured low-budget film may lack the knowing edge and sharp filmmaking sensibility to set it aside from the plethora of US indie productions, but the shrewd casting model-turned-actress Nicole Fox gives the film a dose of charisma that helps it stand out from the crowd.

The real find is Nicole Fox, who exudes ease and natural charm.

The lives of three residents of Redlands, sixty miles east of Los Angeles, intersect and ultimately collide in this rather claustrophobic adult drama - it is how in mostly static interiors - which aims to be an exploration of creativity, sexuality and violence in suburban America.

Fox, who took part in TV programme America's Next Top Model, brings real sense of charm to the proceedings, breathing life into her role of Vienna (she names herself after the city - it has "cool old buildings"), a model who poses nude for local 'artists' and lives with her indie-boyfriend musician Zack (Sam Brittan).

Their lives take change of direction when she starts to pose for middle-aged, newly separated, would-be glamour photographer Allan (Clifford Morts) who is a gentle and mild-mannered character. …

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