Berlin Film Review: ‘Unsane’

With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes “Unsane” to remind us of its more elaborately melodramatic origins.

It’s tempting to call Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychothriller a “Gaslight” riff uncannily timed to the #MeToo revision of gender politics, though that risks giving undue gravitas to what was plainly, and effectively, conceived as a quick-and-dirty genre romp, scripted, shot and cut with itchy, unpretty zeal — and performed with image-altering gusto by Claire Foy, as a strung-out businesswoman involuntarily committed to a suspect mental institution where the male architect of her fear may or may not be roaming the halls.

We’re in schlock corridor here and Soderbergh runs with it, cellphone in hand; under the buzzing suspense mechanics, however, a cautionary note on the perils of disbelieving women is just audible.Alongside

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