Driftwood (1997)

Ronan O’Leary directs James Spader, Anne Brochet and Barry McGovern in this dark Irish romance where an isolated artist rescues a man who washes up on her beach but, when she realises the amnesiac hunk might leave her, she pretends her little stretch of coast is an island cut off from all contact.

Low budget and refusing to settle into an established form, this is a weird little indie with a lot of gentle charm. Sometimes it feels like a timeless fairytale, other times a ghost story and towards the end it echoes Misery and Peeping Tom without ever descending into full blown thriller mode. It probably works best as an erotic drama told from a feminist perspective. There’s balanced nudity, sex and an attractiveness to the hermit lifestyle of our sculptress anti-hero. Loose like a half finished riddle, it is a story open to many interpretations but moment to moment it works as a low key curio. Probably would make a strong double bill with Secretary.

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