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"An unusually delicate psychological thriller... Playing out in unhurried interior shots and high-angle landscapes, Daylight floods the framework of the standard kidnap drama with visual eloquence" -New York Times
"Director David Barker is up to something rather more interesting and precarious than [Michael] Haneke's broad satire, or the class-war titillation of subsequent hostage pictures (Kidnapped, Los Bastardos)" -Village Voice
"Technically polished and genuinely suspenseful... Early scenes prime viewers to expect the worst, and helmer David Barker skillfully plays off that sense of dread" -Variety
"Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil" -Wall Street Journal
Recommended! "Understated yet unnerving, the film's rhythms are snakily suspenseful" -NewCity Chicago
"The film has a cumulative strangeness that's unshakable. If only every independent movie were this adventurous" -TimeOut Chicago
"Spare, absorbing" -Chicago Reader
Irene and Daniel are an upwardly mobile couple that is a few weeks away from the birth of their first child and a bad business deal closer to financial collapse. When a family wedding (and a personal loan from Irene's wealthy father) draw them out of Manhattan to venture upstate, they lose their way on an unfamiliar wooded roads. What was supposed to be a regular drive alters their lives forever when they pick up a hitchhiker.
In spite of its familiar narrative, the intelligence that permeates David Barker's rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film is striking and terrifying. With its tense interiors, insistent blend of suspense and drama, rich character detail, and minimalist aesthetic, Daylight feels unlike other works that make up the American film landscape. Alternately infuriating and harrowing, it is a potent piece of shock cinema that thrives on making the audience uncomfortable. It displays a depth of character that enhances the terror to alarming effect, while featuring bold and riveting performances by the entire cast. Daylight keeps you completely involved emotionally from moment to excruciating moment, in this harrowing psychological thriller.