Warning: this film contains graphic footage. Not advised for the squeamish. A disturbing film about a woman and her boyfriend in their last days. We see the end — a dead man lying in a shower with a slit in his neck and multiple stab wounds. The woman waits in an interrogation room, handcuffed, face down on the table. Then she moves to the floor. An eerie silence.
Told in fragments through home video footage, still photographs, and a series of salacious phone calls, it paints a volatile picture of a relationship filled with distrust and hysteria. From the photographs and iPhone videos, it appears to be a normal couple visiting Las Vegas, to an aquarium, petting stingrays, etc. But much darker things are under the surface.
Based on the relationship of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, the film never feels like a dramatization. Rather, it feels disturbingly real, led by the frenzied performance of Betsy Holt. It's a striking feat of non-traditional storytelling that succeeds in upsetting the viewer well past comfort. Made by Yankee Division, a L.A. collaborative between Alexander Yan, who directs here, and Matthew Paley (Exteriors). (17 minutes) Directed by: Alexander Yan. Performances: Betsy Holt, Johnathan Tchaikovsky. Produced by: Matthew Paley, Suzie Meyer.