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Drift (15)

A woman in a bathing suit stands on a rock, looking out across the blue ocean in front of her.

Two women float around a Greek island, trying to shrink off their pasts, in Anthony Chen's hazy character study. 

Drift, based on Alexander Maksik’s 2013 novel A Marker to Measure Drift, stars Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat as women living on a Greek island. 

Jacqueline (Erivo) wanders around a beautiful Greek island, often posing as a tourist. She’s traumatised by her past, having escaped war-torn Liberia. She keeps to herself, until she meets friendly tour guide Callie (Shawkat). A friendship slowly blossoms between the two, which begins to bring hope into her life once again. 

Erivo is utterly mesmerising, giving a beautiful performance which is at once both fragile and strong. There’s a stillness and thoughtfulness to Chen’s direction, at times scored by the ocean waves, which results in a work which feels almost meditative. 

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2023 Greece/USA dir Anthony Chen 93 min

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