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Trauma - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

COLIN Firth is going back to his roots for a dark, Hitchcockian thriller, that will receive its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Following high-profile star turns in the likes of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Love Actually, not to mention less-memorable performances in the likes of Hope Springs and What A Girl Wants, the popular British star has decided to return to the type of genre which helped to make a name for him.

Firth stars as Ben, a man who wakes up from a coma in hospital to discover that he has been in a car crash, which also claimed the life of his wife, Elisa (Naomie Harris).

With his life in tatters, he attempts to rebuild it by getting a new job and moving to a new apartment, where he befriends his attractive neighbor, Charlotte (Mena Suvari).

But his mind begins to play tricks on him, and he suddenly begins seeing his dead wife everywhere, which prompts him to visit his childhood therapist for help.

Charlotte, however, takes him to see a psychic instead, who gives him the chilling news that she senses his wife might still be alive.

And to make matters worse, someone is moving things around in his apartment and destroying cherished possessions, while the police investigate him for murder.
When discussing the reasons behind taking on the project, Firth told Premiere magazine that it reminded him ‘a little bit of paranoia films I liked in the '70s, some of the Polanski films and Don't Look Now’.

"It's unashamedly trying to mess with your mind," he added.

While the website, contains the following statement: "Trauma may seem a departure from what I'm now known for, but I was appearing in quirky features, like Tumbledown, about the horrors of war, and Apartment Zero, about the human psyche's dark side, way before I took on Darcy.

"Ben is the sort of role that was my territory in the early days. Director, Marc Evans, and I worked together on the Ruth Rendell TV movie, Master of the Moor, and I thought he was brilliant, so I wanted to join him again, but our numerous attempts never quite panned out.

"Then Trauma came out of leftfield and intrigued me enough to sign on to what was clearly going to be an interesting journey."

Firth goes on to state that his main motivation for doing anything these days is to work with people he has always wanted to collaborate with, and Trauma represented a perfect opportunity to do so, as well as a good, twisting movie.

And the hype surrounding the film ahead of its debut at Sundance is strong, particularly as the preview on the festival website states that ‘stunning camerawork and startling sound design create an atmosphere of steely anxiety that permeates every frame of Trauma, the postmodern psychological chiller directed by Marc Evans’.

It adds that ‘the writing is crisp and precise, and the cinematography is exquisite’, while ‘the tone, sustained by the entire cast, creates the ideal conditions for dread to grow just under the surface’.

"In Trauma, Evans expertly builds tension by slowly and deliberately stacking images, reshuffling them, and letting them fall where they will," it concludes.

The film will open in UK cinemas later this year.

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