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Twisted Seduction

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Twisted Seduction

Sponsored by: Téléfilm Canada

World Premiere

  • Canada 2010
  • 90 min
  • HD
  • English
Hosted by writer/director Dominique Adams, actor/producer Tom Broadwell and actress Caroline Brassard



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Director: Dominique Adams
Screenplay: Dominique Adams
Cast: Tom Broadwell, Caroline Brassard
Producers: Dominique Adams, Tom Broadwell, Pierre Adams
Print Source: TS1 Productions



Man seeking woman. David is a Harvard graduate, born in England, polite, strong-minded, articulate and very intelligent. He loves joking around, playing mini-golf, salsa dancing, playing guitar, cooking nice dinners for two and listening to the Red Hot Chili Pep-pers. Among hundreds of women, he chose Francesca, since they are, according to him, totally compatible. A perfect couple? Not exactly... in fact, the former couldn’t do otherwise than to kidnap the latter, instead of asking her out for a fancy dinner—that’s a bum-mer. Let’s rewind to the very first chapter, in order to learn a bit more about what he’s really after.

A young woman quietly walks in a quite empty alley. A few snowflakes are falling here and there, but it doesn’t yet feel like the dead of winter. From out of nowhere, a man suddenly appears and shoves a handkerchief over her mouth. She passes out and the screen fades to black. What once was a factory in Old Montreal is as decayed as it is deserted. Inside, the same lady is now sitting on a chair—tied up tight. She has obviously been crying because her mascara has leaked down her face, all over her duct-tape gag. However, things have just started. David will untie her soon, so the game can begin.

Rest assured, TWISTED SEDUCTION no vulgar torture-porn clone—so forget about getting some good ol’ gore fun. Rather, the film is a sort of hybrid between psychological drama and (slightly off) rom-com. Kind of. Dominique Adams’s first film is essentially a suspense thriller set behind closed doors, which—despite its limited budget—is nicely held together by attractive and inventive cinematography, and especially its two very capable lead actors (both, surprisingly, beginners). The movie almost feels like a classic theatrical play—a small cast of actors reciting well-written dialogue with conviction in (for most of the film) a single location, a decrepit loft. Between scenes, there are even interstitial text cards, like they used to do long ago. Plus, all sorts of emotions surface over the course of events. Is David some sort of sadistic murderer or is he just a vaguely psychotic lover? It’s pretty hard to tell, since the protagonist talks about flowers as a serial killer would—we cut their body in half and artificially slow their death, so we can watch them die. Confused but not totally deranged. Simply disturbed.

—Kristof G. (translated by Kristof G.)

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