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6/10
Twisted reflection
TheLittleSongbird10 January 2019
'Look Away's' main attraction was its premise, maybe not exactly original, the ideas themselves are not new really but it did sound like the film was trying to do something fresh with them. Nonetheless though, it actually sounded very creepy and interesting. Some of 'Look Away' sounded like it could be relatable too. The cover and advertising were attention-grabbing and looked creepy, almost nightmarish, and also like Jason Isaacs quite a lot as an actor.

Seeing it, being encouraged by people saying it was for them better than expected and the above average rating as of now, 'Look Away' is not a great film and has flaws. Which actually happened to be the general consensus for the film hearing about it. Unfortunately these flaws are not large and a couple bring the film down rather significantly. As indicated though, there are quite a number of good things here in 'Look Away'. Would call it decent but uneven, which is actually not too bad a position to be in as a film and an acceptable distinction.

Beginning with 'Look Away's' good things, the acting is better than average. India Eisley carries the film intensely and poignantly and Isaacs is good support. So is Penelope Mitchell. Mira Sorvino is not the best used but she does a reasonable job too. The film shows a foreboding atmosphere and has a slickness to how it's shot. The use of sound is suitably ominous and not obvious or cheaply recorded.

Most of the story compels. There is a genuine creepiness, with the mirror image being appropriately sinister. There also is some subtle tension and the melancholic tone to some parts is poignantly done. Found myself relating to the protagonist, none of it is intelligence insulting (generally the viewer is treated with relative respect) while there is an effort to not be predictable. The direction is more than competent.

There are issues though. The script can be quite weak and sounded underwritten. Some of the pace is a bit too slow and like trudging through mud in the scenes where there is not as much as going on as others, a bit of trimming might have helped.

Am aware that Mark is not really a character one is meant to be like, one that one is meant to feel anger towards, but he never really grows in development and irritates throughout. Worst of all, as others have said, is the ending, which took ambiguity and unresolved questions to extremes and came over as confusing and unfinished.

Overall, an uneven film but with a good deal to commend it. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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6/10
creepy
SnoopyStyle9 November 2018
Maria (India Eisley) is a timid high school senior. Her father Dan (Jason Isaacs) is a plastic surgeon who is obsessed with perfect looks. Her mother Amy (Mira Sorvino) is struggling with depression. At school, her only friend figure skater Lily is possessive of her boyfriend Sean. She gets bullied by schoolmate Mark and his friends. She starts having visions of her reflections acting differently and talking back to her. The reflection calls herself Airam.

It has the tone of a good slow moody horror without the scares. It is a bit too slow and Mark really needs to die to set it off. Mark's bullying is problematic when the only person coming to her rescue is Sean. The skating party comes off really weird when everybody is laughing at her. There is one creepy aspect to this movie. While India is 25 and the character is 18, India looks really young and the sexual erotic aspect gets voyeuristic. It would be less creepy if she's playing a college student. She's a quiet actress and seems limited in range. She is able to play two separate personalities and that works better than expected.
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6/10
Disappointing Ambiguous Conclusion
claudio_carvalho20 November 2018
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The shy seventeen-year old Maria (India Eisley) lives a repressed relationship with her parents, the perfectionist plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Brennan (Jason Isaacs) that is unfaithful to his depressed Amy (Mira Sorvino) that unaware of his love affairs. Mara is bullied at the high-school by her schoolmate Mark (John C. MacDonald), who is a hockey player. She is outcast and her only friend is the skater Lily (Penelope Mitchell) and she has a crush on her boyfriend Sean (Harrison Gilbertson), who is gentle with her. One night, Maria finds that her mirror reflection is an independent teenager called Airam that knows her inner feelings and fears that proposes to swap places with her to solve her problems. When she is humiliated by Mark at the prom and by Lily, she accepts to swap places with Airam. She revenges Maria´s abusers and when the trapped Maria requests her to stop, she ignores her appeals. What will happen to Maria, her parents and her mates?

"Look Away" is a dark and melancholic thriller with an ambiguous story of a repressed and bullied adolescent without self-confidence. The way she is treated at school and at home by her father is very sad. The image in the mirror is ambiguous and the viewer does not know whether Airam is a supernatural being (her deformed twin sister) or her repressed desires. The plot is intriguing but the conclusion is disappointing. The 25 year-old India Eisley convinces in the role of a seventeen year-old teenager. My vote is six.

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7/10
Dad is not working late
nogodnomasters28 December 2018
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Maria (India Eisley) is a moody teen girl, perhaps a little moodier than most. She is a loner and with Jason Isaacs as a father...Slytherin. She is bullied and unhappy. At about 18 she discovers that her reflection can't keep up with her as she masturbates in front of the mirror. The reflection knows all and has been with Maria all her life as we know from the opening ultrasound, and Maria is just now realizing it. I guess the ultrasound is a substitute for a back story.

Well, the evil twin makes things right. Oh yea, there is a prom night...guess how that goes? I am not sure why she killed certain people, or how she got away with it. Lots of plot holes.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Kiera Johnson, India Eisley FF)
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4/10
Look Away
jboothmillard18 July 2021
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I heard about this because a fellow film enthusiast mentioned it to me, it sounded like an intriguing concept, and I was up for giving it a go. Basically, Maria Brennan (Underworld: Awakening's India Eisley) is a timid seventeen-year-old high school student, she is shunned by her fellow students and bullied by Mark (John C. MacDonald). Her only friend is the unpleasant Lily (Penelope Mitchell), and she has a secret crush on Lily's boyfriend, Sean (Harrison Gilbertson). While at home, Maria suppresses her emotions from her parents, distant father Dan (Jason Isaacs), who is a philandering plastic surgeon, and obsessive perfectionist mother Amy (Mira Sorvino) who suffers depression and nightmares, and lives in denial of her husbands affairs. One day, Maria accidentally discovers a sonogram of a pair of twins. Afterwards in the bathroom, her reflection begins to move on its own, terrifying Maria. Shaken, she tries to talk about it with her parents, but they brush her off. The following night, Maria's reflection begins talking to her, calling herself Airam. The reflection tells Maria she can take her sadness away. Although physically identical, Airam is charismatic, assertive, and appears more beautiful than Maria, she says she has "always been here." Later, Maria's father offers to give her an early birthday present, and at his office, he reveals he is going to perform cosmetic surgery on her to fix her "flaws". Crushed, she begins to find solace in Airam's presence and support that make her confront her subconscious thoughts and inner feelings. Her mother Amy senses that something is wrong with Maria but is repeatedly shut down by her husband. One day, Lily takes Maria for skating lessons for the upcoming on-ice winter prom. Maria slips and is unable to get back up, and Lily simply taunts her, then abandons her. Airam again gives her comfort and encouragement. Finally, she is humiliated and physically assaulted by her bully Mark at the prom. Devastated, Maria goes into the bathroom to find Airam. Touching palms and lips, they are able to switch places. Her mother Amy has a nightmare about giving birth. Home from the prom, Maria's personality has changed totally to that of Airam's. At school, Airam is visibly more confident, standing up to Mark. She then arranges for Amy to run into her husband's mistress to force her to acknowledge Dan's affairs and their superficial marriage. Maria, now stuck in the mirror, is appalled by Airam's behaviour, but Airam insists she needs to trust her. She tells Maria that all of them must answer for their sins. Airam lures Mark to the shower and breaks his knee. Airam has another skating lesson with Lily, who is intimidated by Airam's sinister manner. Airam chases Lily across the ice, and Lily falls into the pavement, fatally hitting her head. That night in the bathroom, Maria frantically begs to switch again, but Airam reiterates that Lily's death was accidental; and that ultimately, Maria wanted Lily out of their lives. Later, Airam gets closer to and seduces Sean, and the two begin an intense relationship. As they make love, Airam smiles as she watches Maria's enraptured reflection finally getting what she wants. Airam begins living more wildly, smoking marijuana, skipping school, and drinking hard liquor. While at a motel together, Sean gets a phone call telling him the police want to speak to him and Maria. Sean becomes suspicious as she refuses to go, he gets ready to leave, and in panic, Airam hits him over the head with a vodka bottle, killing him. Deeply upset, she sits against the mirror in the bathroom and she and Maria cry together. Amy has another dream about giving birth. It is revealed that Maria originally had a twin sister, who was euthanised after birth by Dan due to her supposed physical deformities, against Amy's pleas. Airam leaves the motel and confronts Dan at the clinic, pretending to be heavily intoxicated. She strips naked and demands to know if he would still love her if she were deformed. Clearly perturbed, he avoids the question and demands he covers herself with a robe, but she insists he look at her answers. Finally, he answers "yes", and she slits his throat with a scalpel. As he lies dying, she begins to cry and asks, "Why couldn't you love me?" Airam now no longer sees Maria in her reflection. Frightened and alone, Airam returns home and lies next to her mother on her bed. A series of mirrored burst shots depicts Maria and Airam on the bed together with their mother reunited as a family, presumably now merged into one. Also starring Kristen Harris as Naomi. Eisley gives an intriguing performance as both the innocent social outcast and her darker alter personality in the mirror, Isaacs and Sorvino are alright. The pace is slow at times, the mood is constantly sombre, and the twin twist near the end is rather ridiculous, but the outcast teen and her inner darker self plot has its moments, a reasonable psychological horror. Okay!
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8/10
Beware of the girl in the mirror
Woodyanders23 September 2020
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Awkward, mousy, and lonely teenage misfit Maria falls under the dangerous influence of her mirror image and evil twin Airam.

Writer/director Assaf Bernstein relates the absorbing story at a steady pace, ably crafts an eerie and unsettling atmosphere, makes good use of the bleak wintry landscape, and starkly presents the strong central premise of the scary perils inherent in letting one's toxic id impulses run rampant with often chilling and disturbing results. India Eisley astutely captures both Maria's painful shyness and timidity and Airam's more startling boldness and aggressiveness. Moreover, there are sound contributions from Jason Isaacs as Maria's strict and demanding perfectionist plastic surgeon dad Dan, Mira Sorvino as Maria's well-meaning, but ineffectual mom Amy, Penelope Mitchell as gal pal Lily, John C. McDonald as mean bully Mark, and Harrison Gilbertson as nice guy Sean. Only the frustratingly ambiguous ending leaves something to be desired. A superior teen horror film.
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7/10
Solid psychological horror
Tweekums3 July 2021
Maria is a shy high school girl approaching her eighteenth birthday. At school she is picked on and even her closest friend isn't as supportive as she might be. At home her parents are concerned, although her father seems more embarrassed by her awkwardness. One day something very strange happens; as Maria looks into a mirror her reflection starts acting independently from her. When it speaks she says she is Airam. She has always been with Maria and knows what she has experienced; even the things Maria has surpressed. She offers to swap places; an offer Maria eventually accepts after the school prom goes horribly wrong for her. Airam is far more confident that Maria and despite her unassuming stature manages to do some fairly unpleasant things to those who wronged Maria.

I rather enjoyed this film; it might not be a classic but it was effective. The atmosphere was great and even though the death toll was distinctly on the low side for a movie of this sort it still had some scary moments. The acting was really impressive; I expected good things of Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino but it is India Eisley who really stands out as Maria/Airam; these characters may look the same but they are totally different, one painfully shy the other supremely confident and both are believable. The deaths aren't particularly gruesome, and not all of them would even be considered murder... something I didn't expect. The psychological elements are good; often more disturbing than the horror. Overall I'd recommend this to fans of the genre.
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What you see in the mirror isn't always your true reflection.
TxMike8 December 2020
India Eisley is really good in this horror movie as both Maria and her "different" twin Airam (which is Maria spelled backwards). It is hinted at, but not specifically revealed, that Maria had a defective twin that either died or was destroyed because she was badly deformed. But the spirit of Airam never died.

Maria's reflection in mirrors starts to talk to her, finally asks her to kiss her, to effect the transfer. Where Maria was timid, had a borderline eating disorder, and was bullied at school, Airam was just the opposite and much of the second half is her taking revenge in a number of ways.

The subject matter isn't something to glorify but the reason to enjoy the movie is the unique story and what a good job Eisley does playing what amounts to two completely different characters who look identical.

I watched it at home streaming from Amazon.
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4/10
Too long and too slow, among other problems
Wizard-829 March 2019
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I've always had a soft spot for supernatural thrillers that concern tormented outcasts who one day get the power to have revenge and get whatever they long desired. However, this particular telling left me quite unsatisfied. The main problem with the movie is that it tells its story in a manner that's too slow and too long. The first 40% or so of the movie basically shows over and over the crappy life of the lead character. True, it's necessary to show the character's life before the transformation, but the movie basically beats this part of the movie to death while we in the audience are saying, "Okay, we get it! Get on with it!"

As it turns out, the remaining 60% or so of the movie isn't that much more speedy in its unfolding, with the plot plodding along at a glacial pace. Actually, it could have been much worse, since there are signs that some key sequences were cut down or eliminated entirely somewhere along the line. This leaves quite a few unanswered questions, such as the fate of the lead character's main tormentor after the locker room shower scene, and what exactly happened in the past with the lead character's mother. At the end of the movie, you are left hanging in several aspects, and you'll be far from satisfied.

The movie is fairly well produced on an extremely low budget (though occasionally the seams show slightly), and the lead actress is willing to get naked several times. But as a whole, the movie is too muddled and bogged down to get much enjoyment out of it. If you should come across it on Netflix or elsewhere, I suggest you do the title action.
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6/10
Budget
Edvis-199717 October 2018
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Well the film is between bad and good I would say it's an average,ordinary psycho-thriller. The biggest problem of this movie is low budget. Film doesn't have ending. What happened with main character did she go to prison or she didn't. To sum up this movie has some killing scenes which makes it good but also some parts of the film are boring.6/10.
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A surprisingly well done low budget psycho-thriller
Top_Dawg_Critic13 October 2018
Novice (only his 2nd full length film) director, writer and producer Assaf Bernstein did a fantastic job with this film. Outstanding directing and cinematography, perfect score, and great acting by all cast especially India Eisley in her double role. Sure this story has been done before in many different ways, but I still enjoyed the constant thrill and tension throughout - even during the predictable scenes. The set locations (home and school) were great as was the winter scenery. I felt the length was too long for the pacing, and should have been edited down from 103 mins to 80-90 mins. Otherwise a great low budget production by Assaf Bernstein. A well deserved 8/10 from me.
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6/10
Watchable
dar04173 September 2020
Has some creepy parts and an interesting plot but more like another version the The Good Son.
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8/10
India Eisley eleven out of ten
RavenGlamDVDCollector4 November 2020
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Movie was doing exceptionally well. India Eisley is my latest crush. Aw, baby, being on The Raven's list is, well, the red carpet of the Glamor Oscars. Then came Chapter 6 on the DVD. Jeez did they throw it away. Prime Canadian export product. Knocks Hollywood on the nose. Better than similar stuff in a place now obsessed with superhero this superhero that sequel to this sequel to that. India Eisley is gorgeous. Just wanna hug. Up with Canada! Then came Chapter 6 on the DVD. Oh no, movie slides downhill fast.

It was a movie about a girl smoking funny cigarettes and being paranoid enough to let a school bully go to her head. She discovered that stashed sonogram and started imagining her mirror was talking to her. That's what was really happening. She released her inner dark side. This is what the script was really about.

Then, the script writer died and somebody else replaced him.

Or so it seems.

The replacement was a standard heavy- handed goon and he ruined a quality product with bloodthirstiness... look, I don't say I was expecting a happy ending... BUT

BUT

MARIA ACTUALLY DISAPPEARS FROM THE STORY!

The lead character in effect disappears from the story.

I was expecting that Maria was gonna have to trick Airam into a "mirror kiss" which would have transferred things back to 'normal'... that would have been kinda corny but seemed the only way.

Instead...

Instead what we got was just shoddy work.

But! But!

India Eisley, I think the world of you, baby! Acting 10, looks 11, dreamworthy SUPER A-GRADE.

First 5 chapters (DVD-wise) 9,5 / 10

P.S. Poor Penelope Mitchell, always getting killed
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8/10
Intriguing Horror/Thriller
Pairic19 July 2019
Look Away: The Evil Twin is a much (ab)used trope in Horror but this film puts some life back into the genre. Maria (India Elsley) is an introverted teen, bullied at school, her demanding father (Jason Isaacs) doesn't really listen to her, her mother suffers from depression due to Isaac's philandering. She notices that her reflection differs from her and is at first freaked out but gradually starts to converse with her mirror image, Airam. Maria's life gets even worse, the bullying intensifies and she comes into conflict with her one friend. Airam persuades Maria to let her "come through" the mirror" and take the driving seat. This Dark Maria causes mayhem.

It is never clear as to whether Maria is suffering from a disorder or whether the consciousness of a lost twin lives on within her. Iaram is truly a mirror image, turning the tables on bullies and resorting to savage violence. No one is safe once she has set her aims on a desired object. The real horror in this film is the bullying which is ignored/overlooked by adults and tolerated by school students. Nasty though Airam's actions are, they take place in a context. A certain eerie gothic quality permeates the film. Not a classic but Director/Writer Assaf Bernstein delivers an intriguing Horror/Thriller. 7.5/10. On Netflix.
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6/10
Don't look away when you come across this movie.
peterp-450-29871628 September 2019
I'm everywhere where you are. Whenever you see yourself, what you really see is me.

There are large numbers of films in which mirrors play a crucial role. Just think of "Mirrors", "Oculus" and "Candyman". And when someone is standing in front of a mirror in a horror movie, you can be sure there's something frightening behind him or her when the camera focuses back on that mirror. One of the many tricks that makers of horror films use. And when they properly apply this gimmick, you'll be avoiding every mirror the next days. But what if your reflection suddenly begins to speak to you and offers you a way out of a hopeless situation you can't handle anymore? Well, that's what Maria (India Eisley) is experiencing. Maria's alter ego Airam (I thought it was smart how they reversed her name. As a mirror image) proposes to switch sides, to put Maria's adolescent life on the right track again.

Maria's life isn't exactly rosy. She's an insecure and frightened little gray mouse. Although she has wealthy parents and radiates a natural beauty, she's not exactly the happiest person at home. She doesn't eat, looks pale and in a certain way unkempt. And confidence isn't her strongest point. The cause is primarily due to her parents, Dan (Jason Isaacs) and Amy (Mira Sorvino). Dan is a successful surgeon who immediately notices any deviation on the scale of aesthetic beauty. Perfectionism is his dada. A terrible person whose disparaging remarks clearly have an impact on his daughter. When he offers some surgery as a gift for Maria's 18th birthday, you can see Maria's self-confidence slip away. And Maria's mother isn't exactly the person to restore this confidence. Amy is a woman who lives in denial and resolutely refuses to see that "being faithful in a marriage" isn't a priority for her husband.

And Maria's school-time isn't really pleasant either. She's treated like a pariah. And of course, once again there's such an annoying smartass who's bullying her constantly (but well-known folk wisdom says: "Teasing girls, is asking for love"). Her circle of friends is also rather limited. Only Lily (Penelope Mitchell) seems to be a soul mate. Ultimately, this friendship appears to be superficial. In short, Maria's social network is not really extensive. And despite her rich parents and appearance, social acceptance is nil. So, she doesn't belong to the favorite girls' club as known at American colleges. That's why Mary's alter ego is only too happy to take over her day-to-day life in such a way that she could correct these worries and injustices.

Despite the fact that "Look Away" has many points of contact with existing films and you cannot really call it innovative, I thought it was a fascinating film that kept my attention. The interaction between the two doppelgangers through the mirror is fascinating to see. That the story gets a "Carrie" -like touch after Airam takes matters into her own hands, was of course extremely predictable. However, don't expect bloody situations. For that, the film is more a thriller than a horror. The only thing that can cause any suspense is the mystery of the bizarre ultrasound picture at the beginning of the film. That provides the necessary guesswork. Is a supernatural entity involved? An evil twin sister? Or is Mary mentally derailed after she discovered this picture? Is it a case of split personality? Well, the denouement won't make you any wiser. And unfortunately, this ending was no surprise either. "Look away" has some great scenes. Maybe you shouldn't look away when you come across it and give the film a chance.

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8/10
Creepy and original teen movie
robertemerald25 January 2020
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Look Away at least doesn't keep one in suspense for more than a few minutes, the alter-Maria appearing very early in the piece. For me, it started really well, and for most of the movie was very creepy indeed. There seemed to be a plan, a good one. But at a certain point past the half-way mark that plan seemed to devolve, rather pathetically, into an ordinary girl's very awkward, and rather obsessive, self-pity. This was odd to me, as that's where the trouble began way back in the beginning. Perhaps this was intentional on the part of the writers. It was certainly interesting, and I understand that a story has to have some kind of direction and attempt to be confident. What I really found unappealing was that at first there was a sort of evil cleverness happening that was fun to watch. And then it wasn't clever, just super emotional. Look Away is the sort of movie where you have to judge these things for yourself. Alas, you actually have to get to the end of the movie to find out. If you don't enjoy the direction this movie takes, then you can at least be reassured that this is an original idea, and certainly there are sequences just after the evil twin is let loose that are super classic. I remember a movie once where Merlin told a friend that looking in the future is like eating a biscuit. If you eat it then it's too late, but if you don't you'll never know (I may not remember the exact words!). That's how I feel about Look Away. The mirror scenes could have been spookier perhaps. I am reminded of a movie called The Broken (2008) which featured doppelgängers, and another called Cruel Intentions (1999), which featured, well, teen cruelty. More specifically, you might compare Look Away to a movie such as Carrie (1976, or remake 2013). If you really enjoyed that movie then you'll probably like this.
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7/10
A slow burning teen horror drama
elliotjeory25 July 2019
An interesting film, slow paced but has a good story and some well known actors in it. The cinematography was excellent and it is better than expected.
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5/10
Beautiful idea but the film is not that beautiful
gianmarcoronconi30 August 2021
Beautiful idea, interesting plot but the realization is not the best. In the meantime it is obvious that it is the girl's fault for the things that happen, then it is impossible for anyone to notice her change and the decision to exchange the girl with her twin in the mirror does not make the slightest sense.
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8/10
Unexpectedly bold and surprisingly psychotic
Aktham_Tashtush14 October 2018
WOW ,, I didn't really expect it to be that good at first ,, but the plot is somewhat genuine and the events escalate with no dull gabs almost 80% of the movie had that mysterious tense dramatic effect ... the script was a bit short but for a low budget movie the montage, directing and casting .. all exceeded my expectations..

The casting was good .. India Eisley was phenomenal .. and i just remembered she was on the Underworld third movie i think back 2012 ,, and here she did well presenting the psychotic mind even if it had a bit of (sci-fi) element if you might call it ,, still she's all set to reappear in the next couple of months in the Drama "Adolescence" .. loved seeing Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino too.

final judgment .. definitely recommended ;)
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6/10
Not new, but well made and intriguing
reddiemurf8119 December 2020
Great performance by Eisley. Isaccs and Sorvino bring a lot with their portrayals as well.

Maria (Eisley) is a very timid, troubled young girl. Bullied daily at school, she has no friends or confidence. Her only confidant comes in her own reflection,, a girl named Airam.

If you like psychological thrillers,, go watch it!!
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5/10
A great premise poorly executed
PsychoBeard66617 July 2019
This film could've been brilliant and started off great. It sets up the inevitable conclusion perfectly then all of a sudden turns into a teen horror romp that is stupidly predictable and pointless.
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6/10
Question, have you ever noticed in your own reflection something strange?
markthomassintek8 November 2018
REVIEW - LOOK AWAY

Light travels at 186,282 miles per second so whenever you look in a mirror at a reflection of yourself, you don't notice it because it is so small but there is a minute delay as the light reflected from you in the mirror hits your eye, travels down your optic nerve to your brain where its processed, turned the right way up (because we all actually see upside down).

Now imagine if the delay were longer, long enough to notice, or even if your reflection didn't copy your movements.

There are a lot of videos on YouTube which show this exact phenomenon.

Another you trapped behind the mirror just waiting to escape or swap places with you.

Question, have you ever noticed in your own reflection something strange?

This film develops this and does a great job at the subject of over powering parents who think they are doing their best but...

Interesting film, does make you wonder if but the ending, it was like, ok we've done out 90+ minutes so we can wrap it up now, which spoil what I thought up until then was an enjoyable film.

Great acting, the mirror scenes are so precise but for me the simple thing which stood out was the revolving camera on the ceiling (as usual no spoilers.

Rating 6 out of 10
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6/10
Decent teen horror film
Horror_Flick_Fanatic8 December 2018
I normally don't like teen horror films but I did not dislike this one. I thought it was well done. India Eisley was very convincing as a very shy high school teen. The plot lacks originality and the film wasted Mira Sorvino acting talent. Jason Isaacs was good. Just didn't like the anti-male vibe to this film. It wasn't necessary. The story has every male at fault for something or another.
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8/10
Perfect fetish movie disguised as a psychological thriller (light spoilers)
kuarinofu10 February 2019
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There's a lot to talk about in this movie. And I'm not sure my English is good enough to express everything.

First of all, I'm not exactly sure, but it doesn't look like sex was the prism through which the movie is supposed to be projected. So I think I can judge these additional fetish elements as mostly being there for the director's pleasure.

I mean, Assaf Bernstein does know his stuff. This has lots of fetish themes: many schoolgirl almost-upskirt and other quite uncomfortable shots, teenage girl touching herself, insane amounts of gratuitous nudity (I mean, the lead actress is stunning, but we really don't need to see her naked breasts so much), some Nabokov's Lolita themes and more. I feel uncomfortable even trying to list these.

The plot didn't feel believable at all. It was hard for me to believe in a beautiful young rich lady going to rich school by bus, getting bullied and overall not enjoying her perfect life. Well, I guess this can happen. And she acts like that because she was abused by the fetus of her unborn deformed twin sister? (I guess, but I'm not sure).

There was a moment in the middle of the movie where I completely lost her motivation and started getting more and more confused why is she doing what she's doing. This is where the horror/psycho element came into play and it kind of worked great. Even more to it, every major character in this movie had a purpose and was essential. Best friend rivalry, jealousy, adolescent angst and more, everything was projected through these characters onto our lead while she struggled to find a balance in life.

I'm really not sure why people struggle with the ending though, it was explained by the most obvious basic symbolism possible.

Bernstein is a true master, he managed to pull together a good atmospheric and moody movie based on a bad script while enjoying every second of filming sweet looking schoolgirls from behind.

I mean, I can't really call him a pervert since the movie is not there only to serve these scenes, it's much more on its own. In other words, this is a perfect mix of moody visuals, interesting emotional manifestations and lots of sexual fetish eye candy (and slutty schoolgirls if you're into this stuff :D).
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5/10
A mirror-ghost story
killercharm13 March 2020
Originally Behind the Glass, this is a ghost story wherein the ghost is of the dead twin who was born deformed and left to die of neglect as a newborn. She has come back in the mirror. Our heroine is a teen who is bullied pitifully at her high school. When she can no longer take that or the passive aggressive abuse at the hands of her father, nor can she stand to watch the way her father does her mother with a more aggressive form of maltreatment, she allows the mirror-ghost to switch with her and EVERYBODY PAYS. This flick has zero scares and very little intrigue. It's beautiful but has nothing new, nor has it any tension. It's like a well-made Canadian TV show.
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