Two troubled young lovers try to escape their demons in a snowy small town on Baffin Island. Dane DeHaan as Roman and Tatiana Maslany as Lucy work with gifted filmmaker Kim Nguyen to craft a dense, poignant story that is an experience rather than an entertainment. Although the setting and scenery play a major role, the heart of the picture revolves around the struggle and torment of the two lovers.
DeHaan effectively adds passion and unpredictability to a persona used in some of his other films – quiet, moody, slightly befuddled and awkward. Maslany, on the other hand, takes the viewer on a strange journey that leaves one processing the performance long after the ending credits. Basically, there is no acting to be seen as Lucy is played with a stealthy, fearless purity that at times can be uncomfortable to watch. In fact, in two scenes it seems Maslany is just being her actual, real self, an achievement only made possible by being Lucy, not playing her. The end result is a character so real it hurts. Maslany worked similar magic as Claire in “Picture Day,” but this time our endearment leads to heartache instead of epiphany.