Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019, Chattanooga Film Festival 2019, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2019, Fantaspoa 2019, BIFAN 2019
Audience Award, Calgary Underground Film Festival
Munro Chambers, Christopher Gray, Emily Tyra
Kurtis Harder, Michael Peterson
775 Media Corp
Wealthy Richard (Christopher Gray) is prone to fits of violent anger, particularly when he believes his girlfriend Sasha (Emily Tyra) is cheating on him with his best friend Jonah (Munro Chambers) — who’s been having worse luck than even his Biblical namesake. Once they reassure him that his fears are unfounded, Richard invites Sasha and Jonah on an excursion aboard his yacht The Naughty Buoy to make amends. What starts out as a pleasure cruise becomes a fateful trip when festering suspicions and resentments bubble to the surface, and the trio become stranded on the open sea with a dead motor, extremely limited food and water, and one of them grievously injured. Unconsciously violating any number of maritime superstitions, they are soon at the mercy not so much of the elements, but of each other.
Welcome back writer/director Rob Grant of YESTERDAY and MON AMI (Fantasia 2009 and 2012), and actor Chambers of 2015’s TURBO KID, last year’s KNUCKLEBALL and this year’s RIOT GIRLS. Together with Tyra and Gray, they have crafted a seafaring suspense film with a wide streak of black humour and no reservations about getting grisly. Swiftly establishing the fraught relationships of its three protagonists during the brief, land-based first act, Grant and his cast build gnawing tension once they’re out on the ocean, and the titular harpoon (sorry, “spear gun”) becomes the least of the threats. Chambers, Tyra and Gray enact a triangle with edges that draw blood, convincing as both longtime pals and deeply flawed individuals whose worst sides and deepest secrets threaten their survival. Drawing bits of inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and LIFE OF PI, HARPOON is a voyage straight into the depths of the horror of human nature. – Michael Gingold
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