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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Lucky’

August 24, 2020Ben MK

The notion of having a character relive the same events over and over again should be nothing new to fans of films like Happy Death Day and Edge of Tomorrow. But in Lucky, director Natasha Kermani and writer Brea Grant put an altogether different spin on this tried-and-true trope, in this story of a self-help author who finds herself helpless against an unknown assailant.

Best known to her readers for her book "Go It Alone," May Ryer (Grant) is beginning to fear that her better days are behind her. But as if the constant rejection by book publishers and her own inner self-doubt weren't enough, she's about to add another seemingly insurmountable obstacle to her list — when a masked man attacks her in her home one night, only to return each and every night after like clockwork. No matter whether May pushes him down a flight of stairs or stabs him in the back, nothing seems to stop him from mysteriously disappearing and then reappearing the following evening, seemingly unfazed. And to make matters worse, her husband (Dhruv Uday Singh) seems surprisingly matter-of-fact about the whole situation.

Suffice to say, this is no mere time loop that we're dealing with. Instead, Lucky uses the events befalling May as an allegory for the everyday struggles facing women everywhere — an approach that proves far more fascinating that your standard genre fare, though some viewers may still be left wanting.

Lucky makes its international premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 21 min.

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