Review: Linda LeThorn & the Musicbox

Written and directed by Meg Skaff, centering around the titular Linda (Aundrea Fares) and a package inherited from her Aunt Lucinda (Susan King) which brings her to breaking point. Also starring: Ashley Peoples, Timothy J. Cox, Brit-Charde Sellers, Kimberley David, Joseph Dimartino and Judy Chen. 

Fares as Linda is fascinating to watch, giving such a disjointed performance requiring real stillness injected with moments of franctic energy; which she somehow managed to balance in a believable manner, no easy task but definitely accomplished in this instance. It’s a role that’s almost difficult to watch at times with a mostly unsympathetic character for audiences, due to her very unqiue and particular nature but it is nonetheless convincing as she goes through each emotion and reaction, or lack there of. People’s as Geraldine, the love interest of Linda is almost a complete opposite of our lead, a much more relaxed and normal character, grounding Linda in their moments together on screen. Kirby as Aunt Lucinda, though a splintered character throughout flashbacks, is highly effective and evokes a strong distaste or hatred, coming across very strongly. Cox on the other hand as the inexplicably but enjoyably named Purple Green, is an interesting addition to the ecclectic cast, providing something akin to a sit-com character, which adds a certain lightness that compliments the film. 

Watching each of these characters and the events that unfold, very much strange or odd, it’s almost similar to viewing a drug-fuelled episode; half catatonic, half wildly energetic which excudes almost a discomfort for the audience, adding to the unusual overall ambience the film offers. There’s an air to the film that echoes abuse, trauma or PTSD seemingly leading to delusions or hallucinations which gives the film a tragic quality, one that feels slightly too complex to cover entirely within the time constraints but nevertheless it is interesting to witness. It is however difficult to decide where the film is originating from love or hate or resentment or perhaps a mixture of all three, it doesn’t necessarily harm the film, not knowing but it does leave you in a constant state of flux while watching. 

Viewing in this case is certainly a unique experience, there are a great deal of different films thrown into a melting pot of eccentricity which results in questioning “What am I watching?”. It’s a film with a strong individual personality, a rather abrupt conclusion and it will leave you curious.

Verdict: 7/10

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