Fantasia 2017 ‘Tilt’ – movie review


Tilt is a fascinating exploration of one mans descent into madness. From the first frame questions come to the surface and as the film progresses director Kasra Farahani slowly deals out the blows. Tilt is a claustrophobic film, the best kind. It features Joseph Cross playing Joseph Burns a documentary film maker creating his second doco after a mildly successful debut. He has just returned from Hawaii with his girlfriend to their small bungalow and while she goes out to work he stays at him working on what he perceives is his masterpiece about America. Yet as doing so Joseph’s mind slowly unravels.

Like all great ‘descent into madness’ films the fractured mind of Joseph is front and centre. At times I felt the film was lagging especially in the middle but on reflection it successfully portrays the repetition and loneliness Joseph’s character encounters. Yet it is Joseph’s performance that carries the film…

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