alice dear follows an abuse victim as she comes to terms with the end of her relationship. The script was written by Alanna Francis and directed by Mary Nighy. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Kaniehtiio Horn, Wunmi Mosaku, and Charlie Carrick.
Alice (Anna Kendrick) has two best friends, Tess (Kaniehtiio Horn) and Sophie (Wunmi Mosaku). They are a tight trifecta, each at different points in their lives and careers. She is the only one with a boyfriend, Simon (Charlie Carrick). When the three friends get together, Alice disassociates because she often thinks of her boyfriend, but not in a loving way, more of a ‘he forcefully occupies my mind and makes me depressed’. It can be said that this woman is dealing with serious psychological abuse from her partner. She is very skinny as he encourages her to eat disorderly, she has trichotillomania (the urge to pull her hair out) and cries in the blink of an eye, and her friends start to notice.
The trio go on a week-long vacation, and Alice is initially apprehensive, eventually agreeing to go after lying to Simon about it. He has been encouraging her to get rid of her friends. That thought is sinking deep into her psyche to the point that she is unconsciously destroying her relationships. To keep Alice in the moment, Tess takes her phone away. Not having to answer her boyfriend’s constant text messages opens up a floodgate of feelings, and she uses this vacation to begin to recover from the trauma.
Manipulation, deception and manipulation in alice dear They are off the lists. Simon is so obsessive that he wouldn’t let his girlfriend leave for a week without disrupting his reunion plans and making everyone uncomfortable. Mary Nighy’s direction succinctly captures those kinds of forced moments. The director gets up close and personal to show the viewer how he abuses her in real time is jarring. He rotates between insulting her and bombarding her with love in less than 60 seconds. That kind of stuff fucks with your head. Kendrick, Horn and Mosaku are an electric trio. They bounce off each other effortlessly, sharing a three-dimensional bond that resonates throughout the film. Jump off the screen.
alice dear it has to do with the character and examination of inner thought and how it manifests outward when negative and harmful thoughts are held within. These ideas turn against you, making you think that what is happening is your fault. The point of Francis’ script was not to create a film about victims and abusers, it’s about addressing your fears and using your support system to do so. Not all abuse shows bruises or physical scars. Some things just hurt mentally.