As part of our partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival, we checked out a private screening of psycho-thriller flick, The Moment—and we’re still thinking about it.
Thrillers are all about twists and turns, waiting in suspense and figuring out what comes next. But after watching The Moment, plot isn’t all that’s on our minds.
like any good song, the film’s original music, composed by Nathan Larson, is stuck in our heads too. There’s nothing catchy about it though. Conversely, the soundtrack is quite eerie, exactly the reason why we can’t forget it. “The music was really tricky because I didn’t want it to be traditional thriller music, but I wanted it to be suspenseful,” Director and co-Writer Jane Weinstock told us at the premiere. “And it was very tricky to subtly get the tension without falling into a cliché.” Weinstock achieved her goal, because Cliché it wasn’t. Hazy synthesizers build and fuzz at just the right moments. “I hate movies that tell you, ‘Okay, you’re going to feel this way.’ As if you couldn’t figure it out without the music. So I think he compliments what’s happening, rather than mimicking it,” said Weinstock of Larson’s composition.
A difficult task considering The Moment’s temperamental pace and time-distorting storyline. The film follows protagonist, Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh), during her stay in a mental hospital. It’s there that Lee, a photojournalist, tries to understand her past in order to continue towards her future. Underlying the plotline is a battle between what is real, and what is imagined. The viewer experiences this unsure reality with Lee through repeated scenes marked by subtle changes, and the use of actor Martin Henderson playing two lead roles. The trauma in Lee’s life is deeply entwined with the relationship she shares with her daughter, Jessie (Alia Shawkat), the way that relationship connects to her career as a war photographer, and even to her lover. That’s right, a mother/daughter in love with the same man—things get pretty complex. So be sure to stay on your toes, though it will be difficult while you’re at the edge of your seat.
Now get a bucket of popcorn, and go see The Moment. That is, if you think you can keep up.
Words by William Kowall