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October Gale

Directed by Ruba Nadda
Canada, 2014 (fiction, 91 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"Toronto doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson [...]), mourning the death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie), retreats to the isolated island cabin where they'd spent some of their most loving moments together. Her reminiscences are cut short when a mysterious man, Will (Scott Speedman), washes ashore, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. She tends to his injuries; he refuses to explain what happened. But when a nasty storm traps them on the island, and Will's would-be killer returns to finish the job, Helen and Will's ability to trust each other becomes a matter of survival."
-- Agata Smoluch del Sorbo (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Ruba Nadda
Produced by: Daniel Iron, Kirk D'Amico, Christine Vachon, Emily Alden, Lance Samuels, Steven Silver, Neil Tabatznik
Principal Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth, Callum Keith Rennie
Cinematography: Jeremy Benning
Film Editing: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Music: Mischa Chillak
Production Company: Blue Ice Pictures

Notes about October Gale


Quote by the Director

"So often you see movies where women only get through challenges with the help of a man. [In October Gale] it was important for me to depict a woman pulling through herself, independently."
-- Ruba Nadda (source)

Quotes about October Gale

"Having to genuinely fight the elements every day I think gave the film [October Gale] a vibrancy, another layer of truth. We were really battling unexpected elements. But we had these beautiful storms, and our breath, when it should have been warmer, and the muck and the mud and we just had to use it, everything that land and air threw at us."
-- Patricia Clarkson (source)

"It [October Gale] has a thriller aspect, but I like to think of it as a thinking man or woman's thriller. That's the backdrop, but the overriding theme is loss. How do you survive a catastrophic loss? How do you move on from loss? Can you find new love, or new joy, in something unexpected?"
-- Patricia Clarkson (source)

"The performances in October Gale subvert genre expectations: [Patricia] Clarkson displays toughness and resolve without turning into Liam Neeson, and the distressed [Scott] Speedman is as vulnerable as he is determined. When Tim Roth arrives (in his full Rothness) to finish off Speedman, his malevolence is cut with a paternal solicitude. As in Cairo Time, writer and director [Ruba] Nadda uses location and score to great effect. Cinematographer Jeremy Benning highlights the blues and grays of the frigid lake and overcast sky, and aerial shots of Helen's boat amid rugged granite islands emphasize her isolation. There's an Old Hollywood romanticism to Mischa Chillak's music, underscoring the noirish elements in Nadda's subdued and intimate thriller, where regret is as deadly as a firearm."
-- Serena Donadoni (source)

"[Patricia] Clarkson is eminently watchable as the emotionally wounded but resolute Helen, and [Scott] Speedman injects enough vulnerability into his character that we truly care about what happens to him, even if others in the film [October Gale] seem to feel he deserves it. Their strong performances carry the viewer over any narrative bald patches to a sudden and yet satisfying conclusion."
-- Chris Knight (source)

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