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The Second (2021)




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The persona of a celebrated author is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the dark secret behind her first novel's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

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Critic Reviews for The Second

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

A mostly engrossing mystery-thriller anchored by terrific performances by Rachael Blake and Susie Porter, though in the end it's a little unmoored by its own unnecessary tricksiness.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Second" is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

July 10, 2018 | Full Review…

This remains, despite the onerous intellectualising, an engaging perspective explored with energy and verve.

July 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

From the recent batch of Australian movies, this thriller is one of the most arresting and sophisticated.

June 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction?

September 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mairi Cameron's feature debut is a pretentious psychodrama with a strong cast struggling to sex it up and a sneaking suspicion that we're all being infuriatingly misled.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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