- 31 Jan 19
Impressively intense psychological thriller.
In Viko Nikci's Cellar Door, the nature of memory, trauma, time and identity all collide and fragment. Karen Hassan plays Aidie, who wakes up in a bathtub, dressed in a 1940s-style dress and soaking wet. As handheld camera shots give close-ups of her confused face, as well as flashes of her surroundings, Nikci invites the audience into Aidie's disorientation, which only becomes more confusing and distressing as she finds herself stumbling through a series of disjointed moments. It's as if she is walking through a dream, or a fractured memory.
Aidie finds herself scrambling to understand the world around her. She enjoys the giddy, intoxicated embrace of a man at a dance only to find herself alone in a church, under the penetrating stare of a nun (Catherine Walker). Writing on her hand appears and disappears. Her body changes. Locations merge. She screams and no-one listens, and begs to see the faces of the people around her - but they avert their gaze.
Is Aidie losing her mind, or sense of time, or both?