The Turner Exhibit [Mathew Gregory Bainbridge, USA, 2019]

Any family can seem perfect from the outside, though, despite the illusion, this is very rarely the case. The Turner Exhibit explores inter-family politics and, in writer/director Matthew Gregory Bainbridge’s own words, the interplay of their “anger, fear and contempt” and their ability to rot away at even the firmest of foundations. Anthony and Jeanette Turner appear to have it all: the family holidays, the high achieving son, even a middle-aged sex appeal. For brother Alex and wife Lisa, however, the rigours of life combined with the full-time care of their disabled daughter Alice seem to have taken a far greater toll. As familial motivations become clear, this thriller shudders towards its terrifying precipice, leaving an end to shake long held trust and turn stomachs.