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I caught The Weekend Away on Netflix last night, based on the 2020 novel by Sarah Alderson of the same name (which I haven’t read).   I’ll begin by saying don’t expect a sleeper by Hitchcock, but The Weekend Away is nonetheless a pretty good thriller with some nice twists.

[Spoilers ahead … ]

The set-up: Beth (well played by Leighton Meester)  shows up on the Croatian coast for a weekend getaway with her best friend Kate.  By the next morning, Beth wakes up not remembering the night before (she suspects she was drugged) and Kate’s body is fished out of the sea.  Everyone’s a suspect, ranging from Zain (the nice, friendly cab driver) to Sebastian (the creepy landlord).

Creds to The Weekend Away for neither them being a killer or a rapist, though Sebastian is later discovered by Beth to have spying video cameras in every room.   The police turn out to be a mixed bag, and making the detective Pavic almost the killer is good twist.

Even better is Beth’s finding out that Kate was having an affair with her husband Tom (they have a newborn and he hasn’t had sex with Beth for a year), and even better than that the unveiling of the true villain in this story: Tom, who accidentally kills Kate in an argument which gets physical and lands Kate on the rocks then the water.

The Weekend Away has a good sense of Beth feeling like her world is falling apart, she can’t trust anyone, and her instinct that Zain is a good guy fulfilled.  I’d recommend this movie, but I suppose if you’ve read this far, you’ve already seen it, so I hope you agree that it was worth seeing.

 


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