Seeking consolation in a support group after a vicious attack, a young woman gradually comes to realize that nothing in her life is as it appears, in this shocking and challenging thriller from director Zack Parker (Scalene).
After turning critics' heads with the uncompromising character drama Scalene, director Zack Parker returns with one of the year's most unexpected and relentless thrillers.
As a very-pregnant Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) walks home after a doctor's appointment, she is viciously attacked by a hooded assailant. In the wake of this traumatic event, the quiet and lonely woman finds some consolation from kindly Melanie (Alexa Havins), whom she meets at a support group. At first, Esther's life of sadness and solitude seems to be finally opening up to the possibility of a real friendship. That is, until a chance encounter makes it clear that nothing — and no one — in her life is as it appears. Setting off a chain reaction of increasingly shocking revelations, Proxy twists and turns its way through loss, grief, and death.
In the Rashomon-like Scalene, conflicting accounts about a shocking assault simultaneously obscure and reveal the truth. Here, Parker once again uses a shocking and brutal act as a catalyst to shift and manipulate perspectives and examine myriad morals.
Anchored by a trio of strong female performances from Havins, Rasmussen, and Kristina Klebe as a dangerous jilted girlfriend, the surprise standout is actually mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Drinking Buddies), in a supporting role as Melanie's husband.
Be warned: Proxy begins with some deeply disturbing content, but this immensely challenging thriller will reward audiences who stick with it as it delves into very dark territory and confronts our every assumption and belief about what we have seen. http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/festival/2013/proxy