Indie Gems: Complete Unknown
Who do you want to be?
It's Tom's (Michael Shannon) birthday and his wife Ramina, (Azita Ghanizada) has organized a get together with their closest friends. They're at a bit of a crossroads. Tom wants to stay in New York City to follow up with a proposition he made at work. Ramina was accepted into a program in California to further her jewelry business. When his friend/coworker Clyde, (Michael Chernus) invites a woman named Alice (Rachel Weisz) that he met in a cafeteria. Tom realizes he knew her from before, but her name was Jenny and she was nothing like the woman that stands before him.
I have to admit I was a little mislead by Netflix on this one. I expected it to be somewhat of a thriller, where we learn why Alice does what she does and that there would be something sinister behind that. It's nothing like that at all. Alice is up front on why she changes identities so freely. The film stops short of saying she has some type of dissociative identity disorder, but it makes you wonder.
That's what I liked the most about the film. It makes you wonder what it would feel like to be someone in one profession for a short amount of time, then leave. Shed your skin, and become someone new. Alice is practically a paper doll with how often she changes. It makes you almost afraid for Tom, who I didn't want to live that life.
It's a slower film, but Shannon and Weisz make for intriguing leads. I could watch Shannon in anything.
Watched on: DVD
Memorable Quote: "Now you see how easy it is?" - Alice (Rachel Weisz)