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“an unusually delicate psychological thriller . . . Critic’s Pick!”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“Box office will be good for this small but mighty conversation starter! …something otherworldly. A must see.”
– Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
“Daylight is a slow burn of a thriller that ultimately packs a far greater wallop than many flashier examples of the genre, and its cumulative power derives from the collective contributions of the entire cast and crew, from production designer Elliot Hostetter to editors Katie McQuerrey and Lee Percy and composer Stewart Wallace.”
– Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal
“technically polished and genuinely suspenseful . . exceptional actors, especially Martin and Meierhans . . .”
– Joe Leydon, Variety
“transcend[s] the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create[s] an entirely fresh rhythm . . . cautiously executed suspense . . . Meierhans’ amazingly subtle performance.”
– Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
“psychological gamesmanship . . . us[es] the abduction scenario to evoke religious yearning . . . resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie.”
– Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
“this isn’t your usual exploitation flick. It grows more unpredictable and erotic with each new scene, as the wife forms a bond of sorts with her abductors.”
– V.A. Musetto, New York Post
“Favorably compared to the work of Michael Haneke . . . subtle and tense, with director David Barker infusing quiet eroticism and benevolence on the proceedings . . . compelling psychological drama . . . [Meierhans] is quite good . . . even some of the biggest names in the industry can’t do this.”
– Christopher Bell, The Playlist / indieWIRE (gathered from two articles)
“Haunting… terrifying… a dramatic re-invention of the contemporary horror film.”
– Ain’t It Cool News
“SHOCKING… an exceptional cinematic endeavor.”
– We Are Movie Geeks
Things die. New things are born.
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A harrowing psychological thriller from a widely acclaimed filmmaker, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker’s rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. Despite its familiar genre elements, Daylight is different – a powerful, shocking piece of vigorous cinema, which fuses eroticism and tenderness with the harrowing weight of pregnancy and kidnapping.
This isn’t about what you want.
On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker – throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence – but also trust.
One thing leads to the next thing. Right now, this is the thing.
Alexandra Meierhans – pregnant as the character Irene, and pregnant in real life – delivers an astonishing performance as the female lead. Simultaneously vulnerable and dangerous, a captive and a seductress, she somehow struggles to survive and endure, bringing the audience along with her through to the shattering conclusion.
PARTS AND LABOR STRANGE LOOP WHITE BUFFALO ENTERTAINMENT
A Film By DAVID BARKER
Starring ALEXANDRA MEIERHANS IVAN MARTIN
MICHAEL GODERE AIDAN REDMOND
Music by STEWART WALLACE Performed by ETHEL
Edited By KATIE McQUERREY LEE PERCY A.C.E
Director of Photography NILS KENASTON
Executive Producers JACK TURNER IAN McGLOIN
CHARLES LEDLEY JAMIE MAI RAY PRIVETT
Produced By JAY VAN HOY LARS KNUDSEN BEN HOWE
Written By DAVID BARKER ALEXANDRA MEIERHANS MICHAEL GODERE
Directed by DAVID BARKER
Released by CINEMA PURGATORIO