So last week the first tiny tidbits of news broke surrounding the Eliza Dushku thriller Valediction. Not a whole hell of a lot was known about the feature then, but oh what a difference a week can make!
MTV caught up with Dushku to get the dirt! I have to admit, judging from what she had to say, it’s kind of debatable whether or not this actually is a horror film; what do you guys think?
From the site:
“It’s about this young couple and they have a 6-year-old daughter, seemingly in a coma, but [they learn] she’s actually alive and fully living out in her brain, but is just in this locked-in state,” Eliza explains. “So he’s trying to have his daughter wake up from this traumatic experience.”
The film centers around a car accident Josh (Ben Barnes) has which leaves his daughter Brooke in a coma. But there’s more to the crash than meets the eye, according to Eliza, who adds that the film is being characterized as a “contemporary psychological thriller.”
Eliza plays Renee, Josh’s former co-worker who he had an affair with. Josh, who left his advertising gig to settle down with his wife (Sarah Roemer) and daughter, is feeling trapped by his life when the film begins — right before Renee reenters into his life, and the accident occurs.
“[Josh] sort of meets up with Renee and wonders what would have happened if he went that route. It really is about his struggle both with these women in his life and then with his daughter who’s been injured,” notes Eliza. “It turns into a really psychological chaos.”
The film is directed by Suri Krishnamma and will co-star Brenda Fricker, Johnny Whitworth, and Dennis Haysbert. Eliza said it was a combination of the script, Krishnamma, and her castmates that cemented her desire to be in the film.
“It just seemed to me that there weren’t stories that were about young people but were adults that were dealing with these struggles,” she said of her new project, which is slated to hit theaters next year. “It seemed to me like a more sophisticated character that I wanted to sort of take a stab at.””
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