TAD 2015 Review: The Interior

“I just want the opposite of this.”

The Interior is Toronto’s Trevor Juras first feature film and it’s a remarkable one.

With only 80 minutes, the movie follows Roland and his search for change. Roland’s life isn’t particularly stressful or in need of a break, but he decides to venture himself into British Columbia’s many forests alone, to get away. He leaves his old job, girlfriend, hobbies. And, well, the woods at night can be a scary place.

It’s interesting how the movie changes drastically once he’s there. The first minutes of film possess a dry humour, commonly found on Jarmusch’s or Duplass’ movies. There’s a clear contrast of this change. Roland raps so there are some aggressive hip-hop songs early on, but once he’s in the forest, it’s nothing but pianos. Sadly for him, quietness doesn’t mean peace of mind. The Interior is ultimately all about the tension and fear Roland feels inside his tent or inside the forest even.

Without big twists or classical horror tropes, the movie’s and character’s sense of uneasiness becomes part of you as well. It’s the best way to entice and scare the audience. Despite being a quiet and uneventful movie (for the most part), The Interior’s intensity makes you sigh with relief when day and light comes.

Definitely check this out.

R. Duval is a Toronto-based, Twitter-obsessed journalist. He could spend his entire life discussing TV or film. He also doesn't trust people that don't get emotionally involved with fictional characters.

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