Lucky (2020) [Fantasia Fest 2020]

A woman finds herself the target of an intruder/stalker and when no one will believe her about the gravity of the situation, she is forced to figure a way out for herself.

Written by Brea Grant (who also stars) and directed by Natasha Kermani, Lucky is a horror film that will hit home for many, showing the tribulations of being believed when an unidentified stalker is on the loose while leaving practically no trace or proof of their activities. The film takes this and turns it up in terms of what is done and how much disbelief is placed on what the woman at the center of the situation is saying. The film takes a lot of well-known situations that happen far too often and puts them all together to push things to 11 and make the discomfort clear even for those who would believe the gaslighting that’s going on. The way things evolve here and how the attacker comes and goes makes this clearly a work of fiction, but sometimes, it takes pushing the boundaries to pass a message.

Playing the lead with brilliance is Brea Grant, giving May the right level of frustration and fear as she goes through her repeated experience over and over and as no one seems to believe her. Her way with the part is what sells this film through and through. She shows the right amount of just about everything and shows the right restraint in her acting when needed. This is the kind of performances most are used to from her, but done even better. She is clearly close to the material and it works to her advantage. Showing up in short part and shining is Kristina Klebe whose part can’t really be fully discussed. She gets a short amount of screen time, yet makes one large impression. The cast here was clearly carefully chosen for their capacity and each and everyone of them offers their best for a film with a slightly unusual way of dealing with a story in terms of cinematic takes on the subject.

Lucky is an important movie in that it shows something far too many have lived through, albeit in a different way, showing that victims are often not believed, made light of, or straight up gaslighted by those around them, the authorities, and so many more people. The film shows issues in our society from a feminine point of view that is much too real in the end. It’s an important watch and will make quite a few quite uncomfortable.

The Fantasia International Film Festival runs every year, and this year runs virtually from August 20th until September 2nd.

Lucky will be released on Shudder exclusively.