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What Keeps You Alive

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Canada · 2018
Rated R · 1h 39m
Director Colin Minihan
Starring Hannah Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac, Joey Klein
Genre Horror, Thriller

Jackie and her wife Jules take an anniversary trip to a secluded cabin. When Jules starts to ask questions about Jackie's life after meeting some of her childhood friends, she discovers there are many secrets between them. The trip starts to take a turn for the worse.

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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

If Hannah Emily Anderson's performance was as fully imagined as Brittany Allen's, then What Keeps You Alive might have attained the emotional dimensions of a robust psychodrama.


IndieWire by Jamie Righetti

Despite a few predictable beats, What Keeps You Alive offers plenty of effective jolts, helped along by the chemistry between leads Anderson and Allen.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Colin Minihan's What Keeps You Alive sets itself up promisingly enough before succumbing to a progression of implausibilities and excesses that test even this genre's lenient standards.


Village Voice by Matt Prigge

Minihan’s ambitions are towering, so it’s only right to note that he doesn’t quite get there. The ideas, even the emotions, don’t develop and grow.


The Film Stage by Mike Mazzanti

For die-hard genre fans looking for a disturbed and relatively brief affair, there may be enough here to enjoy. However, if you want a consistently engaging thrill ride packed with enough ideas to contend with the bloodshed, perhaps look elsewhere.

75 by Monica Castillo

Minihan’s stylish film taps into our deepest fear as women, queer folks, or survivors of domestic abuse that the person we love may be the reason we end up in a body bag.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

Allen and Anderson are outstanding in roles that require a lot of levels and moods, as the central relationship goes from loving to shaky to … well, something else.

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