Crush. Alison Maclean’s piercing first feature, deals with many themes Maclean explored in her prize-winning short, Kitchen Sink. Highlighted by Dian Beebe’s eerie, yet beautiful, photography, the world of Crush is a paradise that reeks of danger.
Crush is a modern fable which explores shining power in relationships. It’s as if Maclean puts an awkward teenage girl, a malevolent femme fatale, a wheelchair-ridden critic, and a once-famous novelist in a boxing ring and waits to see what will happen. Never predictable and always shocking, the story unfolds as fate dictates. Lane, the femme fatale, sets the tragedy in motion by crashing her car and leaving her passenger, Christina, in a coma. Lane falls into the open arms of novelist Colin. Colin’s daughter Angela, at first fascinated by Lane, turns her affections toward Christina when she finds Lane is more interested in her father than their friendship. In a number of fascinating scenes, Angela coaches Christina out of her coma and plants in her a seed of paranoia about Lane’s cruelty.
Emotional manipulation is the motor which powers Maclean’s drama. We are helplessly entangled in the psychoses of the characters as we watch them tear through layers of lies and fabrications to discover their true feelings about themselves and each other. –Sundance Film Festival
Alison Maclean is a Canadian film director of music videos, short films, television (episodes of Sex & the City, The Tudors, Homicide: Life On the Street), commercials and feature films. Her works include the music video Torn (Natalie Imbruglia, 1998), the short film Kitchen Sink (1989) and the feature films Jesus’ Son (1999) starring Billy Crudup and Crush (1992) starring Marcia Gay Harden.
Alison Maclean was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1958, to New Zealand-born parents.
Her first short film, Kitchen Sink, a surreal suburban nightmare, debuted in Cannes in 1989 and won eight international awards. Maclean moved to New York in 1992. Her film Crush was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. After several years developing projects she got her second feature, Jesus’ Son (1999), starring Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton (with Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Denis Leary and Jack Black… read more