Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2009
Release Date: USA, 2009
Production Company: Big Biting Pig Productions
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: P.J. Woodside
Writer: P.J. Woodside
Cinematographer: P.J. Woodside
Cast: Cindy Maples, Kim Welsh, Rusty James, Steve Hudgins, Erin Pinkerson, Emily Pinkerton, Randy Hardesty, Tom Dolan, Megan Jones
Synopsis: Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances that caused the tragic death of her husband, a woman slowly retraces her husband’s final moments via her dreams.
From the outset, Widow is a movie that is clearly about deception. Widow’s intricate plot keeps things moving along with a series of manipulative plot twists that reveal just as much information as they end up disregarding. Even though there are a multitude of twists before the films big reveal, the plot never becomes too convoluted to follow. One of the key components that puts everything into perspective are a series a dreams in which the films lead character Vivian Potts finds the truth she seeks about her husband’s death. These dreams also help her recover long lost memories from her past. While the bulk of the characters are essentially nothing more than blank slates that occupy the world in which Vivian Potts exits, her persona is the only one that is given any chance to grow. The evolution of the Vivian Potts character is the most fascinating aspect of this film and Cindy Maples the actress cast in the role of Vivian Potts delivers a well rounded performance. Widow is a well made psychological thriller that at times feels all too familiar, as many of its themes have been appeared in films like Repulsion, The Tenant and Persona. Despite these familiarities the end result is a satisfying film that fans of psychological thriller’s will get the most mileage out of.
The DVD release for Widow comes with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and extras include a blooper reel (4 1/2 minutes) and two trailers for the film. You can purchase the DVD from Big Biting Pig Productions website which can be found here.