Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 9th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2013
Director: Axelle Carolyn
Writer: Axelle Carolyn
Cast: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby, Guy Armitage, Rebecca Kiser, Amelia Tyler, Felix Coles, Anubis
DVD Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: Unable to deal with the recent passing of her husband, a widow moves into a remote cottage in the Welsh countryside to help recover from a failed suicide attempt.
At the heart of this film are two characters who both used suicide as a way to deal with the loss of a loved one. Where this film’s protagonist Audrey was unsuccessful in her attempt, Douglas now a ghost was successful in killing himself and he now resides in at the cottage she is recuperating at.
Narrative wise the first half of the film is set up like a horror film that is rooted in the supernatural while the second half shifts more towards a melodrama where these two characters help each other come to terms with the things they have left unresolved. And in one final twist the film once again returns to a more ominous tone for its final which sees one of these two characters misinterpret the intentions of the other.
When on thinks of a great horror films, one of the key ingredients comes back to primary location and in regards to this film its primary location does a superb job setting and maintaining the mood. Needless to say this is not the type of location one could merely create and the fact that this is an actual location further reinforces the power of this location.
Performance wise the entire cast are very good in their respective roles, especially Anna Walton in the role of Audrey. She gives an utterly convincing performance that draws you in and makes you feel her pain. And not to be overlooked is Tom Wisdom equally evocative performance in the role of Douglas.
Though there are many elements which firmly place Soulmate within the horror film genre. The end result is far removed from your blood letting by the numbers horror films which dominate modern cinema. In fact after an opening sequences which sees this film’s protagonist Audrey slit her wrists, the remainder of the film is rather bloodless. With that being said, there is tremendous amount of atmosphere in this film and few genuine chills.
Revolver Entertainment presents Soulmate in an anamorphic that retains the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. This film has a soft look to its visuals and this transfer does a great job retaining the intended look of this film. Colors and flesh look accurate, detail generally look crisp and black levels fare well.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. This is a mood driven film and there are stretches where dialog is sparse. With that being said when it comes to the more ambient aspects of this soundtrack and the films core things sound great throughout.
Extras for this release include two short films also directed by Axelle Carolyn, the first one titled ‘The Halloween Kid’ (7 minutes 15 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and the second one titled ‘The Last Post’ (11 minutes 37 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a Q & A with Axelle Carolyn (9 minutes 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) who discusses the film’s main location and how it inspired her to make Soulmate, casting, the look of the film, the UK distribution of the film and how its opening scene got this film labeled a video nasty, she also talks about influences like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Haunting and The Innocents and her thoughts on how Soulmate turned out. Overall Soulmate gets a strong release from Revolver Entertainment.