Styx

Directed by Wolfgang Fischer
Film Movement
2018
94 Minutes
Germany, Austria
English, German
Thriller, Drama
Not Rated

Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits.

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  • "Styx weaves a lean and gripping parable about the refugee crisis...a spartan (wo)man-versus-nature adventure tale in the style of All Is Lost, and one that’s even more strikingly authentic in its depiction of ocean sailing than J.C. Chandor’s film."
    Keith Watson, Slant Magazine
  • "A taut moral thriller...."
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller.... "
    David Ehrlich, IndieWire
  • "Like the small sailboat on which it is set, Wolfgang Fischer’s extraordinarily gripping account of a one-woman solo voyage across the Atlantic that is suddenly interrupted when she comes across a sinking trawler overloaded with refugees, is brisk, efficient and thrillingly dynamic. This is “All Is Lost” with a spinning moral compass and a topical dimension that proves even more gripping than its brilliantly achieved visceral action."
    Jessica Kiang, Variety
  • "'Styx' is minimalist filmmaking executed in superbly sharp fashion. Susanne Wolff... accomplishes more in a glance than most of her peers could ever hope to achieve with minute-long, uninterrupted diatribes. Benedict Nuenfels’s cinematography steals your undivided attention, and never once relents its evocative authority. "
    Jonathan Christian, The Playlist
  • "Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is never less than remarkable in a demanding role that’s 80 percent silence and 20 percent English-language dialogue. The fully inhabited turn should further help cement her international status as a star to be reckoned with...."
    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "A captivating maritime thriller…beautiful, thought-provoking and intense. Definitely see this one if you get the chance. "
    Sean Boelman, PopAxiom
  • "...with such effective, precise performances on both sides of the camera—making tension a constant in the changing inflection of physical and moral jeopardy—Styx emerges as one of the fest’s best."
    Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight
  • "**** (4 stars) A slow burn thriller…the film ends with a devastating and quite beautiful gut punch."
    Ryne Clos, Spectrum Culture
  • "A thinking person’s survival drama."
    Jen Johans, Film Intuition
  • "As contemplative as it is engrossing...."
    Jim Ross, Take One Cinema
  • "A captivating, exhilarating cinematic experience."
    Alex Billington, FirstShowing.net

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