NIGHTSTREAM 2020: A Brief Look at Natasha Kermani’s LUCKY
What if, every night of every day, you are the victim of a home intrusion. One that is vicious and beats you within an inch of your life. Not only that, these attacks start to get more surreal and violent as they go on. Worse yet, what if no one, not your husband nor the police, even seems to truly take the matter as seriously. That’s the crackerjack concept behind director Natasha Kermani’s Lucky, which is making is U.S Premiere at Nightstream.
Self-help author May Ryer (Brea Grant) finds out her current book, Go It Alone, won’t see another printing while she struggles to get her next book of the ground. That night, when she awakens to find a masked man in her yard, she wakes her husband to warn him. However, he seems completely aware of this man and his intent to kill them on a nightly basis, getting up and prepared like someone going to work. After getting in an argument about the break-in, her husband splits for days, leaving May alone to defend herself against her attacker… night after night.
Lucky is a deft mix of home invasion and paranoia thrillers, all mixed with a heaping help of the supernatural. Brea Grant turns in a strong performance as the stressed-out May, dealing with the shortfalls that have developed within her relationship and professional career, all while dealing with a homicidal well-dressed individual attacking her at various times and locations. It would be a great disservice to give any more granular details on this flick, but rest assured you will be on the edge of your couch for all 80 minutes of the film’s runtime. Why does she keep getting attacked at random? Why, after knocking out the man after every encounter, does he magically disappear? How can she stop this cycle of violence? You are just going to have to find out when Lucky hits Shudder sometime in 2021.