Thursday, August 13, 2020

Waves of confusion roil this 'Bay'

Director Paula Van Der Oest brings as much confusion as intrigue to a big-screen adaptation of a 1986 novel by Lisa St. Aubin De Teran. The story kicks off in Liguria, Italy, where Will (Claes Bang) proposes to Rosalind (Olga Kurylenko). After a romantic prologue, the story leaps ahead 11 months. Will and Rosalind have settled into their London home with a new baby and with Rosalind’s twin daughters from a previous marriage. Things should be going well, but Rosalind is slipping off the deep end, peeling wallpaper off the walls and vibing more and more craziness. Suddenly,  Rosalind and the nanny (Shalisha James-Davis) disappear, along with the children. Will tracks them down in Normandy — only to learn that the baby has died. From that point on, little about the way the characters behave makes sense. We also have a strong idea that Rosalind’s former stepfather (Brian Cox) might have something to do with what’s gone wrong. It’s obvious that a mysterious fellow (Assaad Bouab) who lives in Normandy will figure into the dimly lit proceedings. Alice Krige turns up as Rosalind’s mother, but despite a game cast, the movie induces more head-scratching than suspense or mystery.

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