The Well
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In her feature film directorial debut, Samantha Lang offers a subtle and moving psychological portrait of a female friendship and the effects of an unexpected tragedy upon it. Dowdy, tired, middle-aged and sexually frustrated Hester Harper and free-spirited, young, beautiful dancer Katherine are an unlikely pair of friends, but somehow the relationship works. In the prologue the two are seen at a local community dance. Katherine is having too much fun dancing crazily by herself in front of everyone. Hester, who is lame, watches her silently. Tired, she decides it's time to leave and must… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Samantha Lang's Australian rural gothic, which premiered in the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, offers a few twists but id ultimately frustrating and pretentious due to Laura Jones' enigmatic and undernourished script."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Well wins points for its creative use of filters and silence... but those looking for a real creepshow will probably be left wanting."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This sublimely creepy, low-key film is not for all tastes. But The Well casts a haunting spell,"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Obviously, this is a must see for fans of Welles, but any film buff would certainly dig this doc."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"This unconventional and macabre Australian film is an exploration of yearning and the always fascinating subject of relationships between women."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A tight, claustrophobic psychological thriller from Down Under."
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
"Despite a deliberate paced and occasional pretentions, this is an effective psychological thriller that studies sexual repression."
‑ Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews
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