TRUST NO ONE, CIRCLE AWARD
USA, UK, Russia, Cyprus, 2018
105 minutes, Color
Posing as a disaffected Muslim convert named Melody who's flirting with the idea of turning teen jihadi war bride, a struggling British journalist named Amy uses social media and Skype to entrap an ISIS recruiter in hopes of securing a lucrative exposé that can help launch her career. Instead, she finds that the need to constantly evolve her cover story and improvise on the fly has debilitating effects on her own self-image, which grows increasingly amorphous. With a laptop screen serving as the sole claustrophobic stage for this high-stakes masquerade and ensuing game of catfish and mouse, Timur Bekmambetov transforms innocuous search engines and chat windows into the stuff of nerve-fraying suspense. And while no one expects a precise, Fincher-like procedural from the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Profile demonstrates unsettling verisimilitude as it investigates the perils that lay in wait only a click away. —Vancouver International Film Festival
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