Movie Review: Lavender
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Writers: Colin Frizzell, Ed Gass-Donnelly
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Abbie Cornish, Justin Long
Writer/director Ed Gass-Donnelly (The Last Exorcism Part II) has crafted a uniquely subtle paranormal mystery with his film Lavender. Co-written with Collin Frizzell, the movie allows us to join Jane after an automobile accident jostles some long buried memories. The sole survivor of her family’s massacre, Jane has no recollection of what happened in her home all of those years ago: did she have a hand in it, did her father mentally crack or is the perpetrator still out there?
Starring Abbie Cornish (Limitless) as Jane, the cast is rounded out with Dermot Mulroney (Insidious 3), Justin Long (Tusk) and Diego Klattenhoff (Pacific Rim) and they all inhabit their roles perfectly. In fact, the performances and careful direction from Gass-Donnelly is what elevates Lavender to more than just another ghost story. Cornish plays Jane with an emotional brevity that keeps you glued to the screen and the always magnetic Mulroney, who has been toiling in horror quite a bit lately, delivers a wonderfully understated performance.
As with any mystery, it’s hard to speak at length about Lavender without spoiling the viewing experience. It is, however, safe to say that the beautifully simple aesthetic plays well with the slowly unfolding story and there is a delightful surprise towards the end with a satisfying conclusion.
Lisa Fremont | Twitter: @lcfremont