By Caryn James | James on Screens November 18, 2011 at 12:12AM
There are so many festival films that slip from sight, it’s great when one circles back and has a chance to find its audience. "Silver Tongues" is a sharp-edged psychological thriller, written and directed by Simon Arthur, that won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at least year’s Slamdance and is having its New York premiere now.
Lee Tergesen (“Oz”) and Enid Graham (Michael Shannon’s wife on “Boardwalk Empire”) are a couple on a road trip who travel from one town to another, engage with a stranger, and casually, deliberately shatter that person emotionally before moving on. The twisted relationship between these two emotional sadists will keep you guessing to the end; you may not like them but you won’t be bored.
The film’s episodic structure may have minimized its commercial prospects, but the strong performances and taut direction make this sly, suspenseful festival hit worth catching. It begins a week-long run at reRun Theater in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 18th.