The good ol’ U.S. of A. has finally received a release date for Jeff Wedding’s arthouse horror flick, A Measure of the Sin. Fans of the critically-acclaimed film can expect to see it June 17th in a Limited Edition DVD or VOD. Let me tell you something, folks: You’re definitely going to want to see this one.
The film, based off of two short stories by Kristy Neilsen (who helped co-write the script), is based around the coming-of-age tale of Meredith, stunningly portrayed by Katie Groshong (who also produced the film). As a child, Meredith and her mother live in a secluded house with a vile man, known simply as The Man, who controls every facet of their lives. Being with her mother, however, allows Meredith to have something to hold on to; a piece of life outside The Man’s vice-like grip.
When her mother passes away, Meredith is left to fend for herself under The Man’s watchful gaze, while also coping with the secretive glances of the two other young women in the house, Alicia (Starina Johnson) and Ruth (Dale Rainey). Their constant embracing and whispered voices leave Meredith wondering “What is it they think I don’t know?”
Not only is she faced with constant scrutiny, a staggering desire for her mother, and metaphorical shackles, Meredith must also cope with a vicious bear that only she can see. When she becomes pregnant with a baby that is half her and “half bear,” she decides that it’s finally time to see if she can survive in a world without chains.
I was definitely intrigued by this movie and found myself tearing up a few times during its 1 hour and 15 minute viewing time. It’s hard not to be drawn into the character of Meredith and feeling every emotion and struggle that she herself feels. Her insatiable hope is contagious and the heartbreaking scene toward the end of the film gave me goosebumps.
The storyline moves along in a dreamy way, interrupted by brutal images of reality and utter creepiness. The religious undertones play through in a subtle way, while also allowing the viewers to feel a bit of a shudder every time a snake slithers by Meredith. Between the bleak scenery and the cinematography, I was constantly experiencing a creepy crawly sensation running up and down my arms.
Not only is it extremely well-acted and brilliantly written, but it also leaves the viewer with a variety of questions regarding hope, spirituality, and what love truly means. Wedding and Neilsen wove together an extremely unsettling script that will forever live on in dreams and nightmares.