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Earthquake Bird

In this dark thriller set in 1989 Tokyo, Alicia Vikander plays a murder suspect at the centre of a tumultuous love triangle.

Dir-Scr Wash Westmoreland
Prod Ridley Scott, Kevin J Walsh, Michael Pruss, Ann Ruark, Georgina Pope
With Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi
USA
2019
108min
UK Distribution Netflix

Lucy (Vikander) is a buttoned-up, MUJI-clad translator who has been in Japan for five years and is desperate to blend in. Her reticent nature hides old scars. There’s also the fact that people around her keep dying – accidentally or otherwise. After a street encounter with hot photographer Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), she quickly finds herself under his spell, despite all the warning signs. And the pot is stirred further when American nurse Lily (Riley Keough) – all blowsy sexual confidence and cultural naïvety – arrives in town and Lucy experiences some frightening impulses. Wash Westmoreland (Colette) has crafted a moody and intriguing update on 1980s psycho-sexual thrillers, shifting the emphasis onto the psychology of the female protagonist. Alicia Vikander is astonishing in a role that explores cultural fascination, belonging and obsession.

Kate Taylor


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