Laura has lost control. After she sleeps with Weisman, the lead contractor building a barbecue shed in the backyard of her beach house, the other two workers on the job cross a boundary, making Laura feel that her space has been encroached upon. As Weisman disappears, sheltered and privileged Laura must manage the laborers herself. Her admonishments fall flat, forcing her to retreat behind the pristine glass windows—keeping watch and being watched simultaneously. Tensions churn, the workers become more unruly, and Laura ignores calls from her husband while downing bottles of red wine, waiting for Weisman to reappear.
In High Tide, writer-director Verónica Chen has crafted an anxiety-ridden film that evokes Straw Dogs in its depiction of feeling unsafe in your own home. Taking advantage of both the ample space of Laura's house and the claustrophobia of her situation, High Tide will make your heart race as you watch Laura do everything she can to regain control.
This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HBO, FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.