Evan Rachel Wood’s ‘A Worthy Companion’ Is a Ripe Drama Of Female Fascination


Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva, a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her. An unlikely relationship is formed between the two and Eva becomes an obsession to Laura. In light of Eva’s unhappiness, Laura convinces her to runaway to her house and they soon find themselves caught within an intense entanglement. Manipulation, denial and codependency fuel what ultimately becomes a fractured dynamic that can only sustain itself for so long.

Montreal photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez make their feature-film debut with this dark reflection on the cycle of abuse. In a consistently strong performance, Evan Rachel Wood plays (HBO Westworld,) plays the angry young Laura, also starring celebrated gay actor Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story)

Directors: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Writers: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O’Hare

The film got mixed reviews:

“As a disturbed young woman who becomes a victimizer, Evan Rachel Wood proves again that she’s a great actress and a star.” – Variety

“If, failing to deliver on the plausibility front, it at least gave us a ripe drama of female fascination and codependency. But the movie unfolds with utmost solemnity, as if it would be distasteful for a story of abuse and trauma to stoop to entertain us.” – Hollywood Reporter

“A Worthy Companion shows prison as a concept beyond the physical realm and exposes how those without locks are the ones we can’t escape.” – The film stage

“The drama is memorable but often feels grimly unpleasant rather than moving” – Global Mail, Canada

Release Dates
USA 2017
Canada 10 September 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Germany 13 October 2017 (Hamburg Film Festival)


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