Fantasia Review "Bleed With Me" Examines Friendship and Betrayal Through a Bloody Lens
A peaceful winter getaway turned mind-bending nightmare.
"Bleed With Me" is a psychological thriller about new friends getting to know each other in a remote cabin in the woods. Emily (Lauren Beatty) is a motherly type who befriends a misguided Rowan (Lee Marshall), taking the socially awkward young woman under her wing. Originally meant to be a romantic getaway with her boyfriend Brendan (Aris Tyros), Emily invites Rowan to tag along as a third wheel.
As the trip progresses, Rowan begins suffering from delusions and becomes increasingly unhinged. Emily struggles to care for Rowan while balancing the needs of her boyfriend and through this, the many intricacies of female friendship are revealed. Directed by Amelia Moses, "Bleed With Me" keeps an ominous tone throughout, leaving the audience with a sense of dread that's hard to put a finger on. Teetering the line between reality and fantasy, "Bleed With Me" is the kind of film that leaves you with more questions than it does answers. It also makes you wonder - how well can you really know a new friend?
"Bleed With Me" reminds me of one of my favorite films from earlier this year, "The Lodge." It's one of those slow-burners that provides you with much to contemplate, after the credits role. Each time I think about the ending, my interpretation of it changes. It certainly sunk its teeth into me, like the title suggests.