You Should Have Left [Trailer]

you should have left

20 years ago Dave Koepp and Kevin Bacon brought us the 1999 classic Stir of Echos. Now, in 2020, they’re bringing us You Should Have Left with Amanda Seyfried.

Adapted from the 2017 novel written by German author Daniel Kehlmann, You Should Have Left introduces us to Theo Conroy (Bacon), a retired banker who has done very well himself and now lives in a prime Los Angeles homestead with second wife Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) and daughter Ella (Essex).The shadows of Theo’s dark past, which he seems to believe has left him a marked man by the rest of the world, and a ongoing battle with all-consuming jealousy which strains his marriage encourage Theo to suggest an extended vacation for some healing family time. Suddenly, the Conroys are headed off to the Welsh countryside, where a gorgeous, minimalist home with great views and plenty of quiet awaits them.

However, this vacation home begins to chip away at the Conroy family, with a particular focus on Theo. Time gets lost too easily as Theo gets sucked into explored the house, the placement of walls and doors appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye. Shadows and ominous Polaroids appear without a trace of their origin to be found. Everyone sleeps poorly night after night thanks to  vivid nightmares. Theo is almost immediately sucked in by his worst impulses, focusing his intense concern on the problem areas of his marriage. This manages to pick at wounds which the house only amplifies and forces Theo to face.

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