THE SWERVE is a quiet, unforgettable drama that follows the story of Holly (the excellent Azura Skye), a mother and wife trapped in an unfulfilled life, slowly crumbling under the weight of a failing marriage, rude kids and a dull teaching job.
Add to all this a clueless younger sister (an acerbic Ashley Bell) who delights in calling her “Holly Hippo” from a mean childhood memory, and Holly has little in her life except playing family chauffeur, dutiful family cook, and thankless family cleaning lady.
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Watch our exclusive interview with the star and the filmmaker of THE SWERVE at the bottom of this post.
Watch it for Azura Skye’s unforgettable performance of a miserable mom!
There’s a lot of symbolism in this film. Holly drives her gray minivan, a mouse invades her kitchen and bites her, and she gets side-eye from a hunky teenage student in one of her classes. Her cooking specialty is apple pie. But one evening, getting away from a miserable family dinner, Holly runs another car off the road. The incident (and nightmares of) heightens her sense of self-doubt. Did the accident really happen or was she daydreaming thanks to her meds?
THE SWERVE is a collection of wonderful performances, in particular from Skye, Bell, and a sensitive Zach Rand who plays her student. But the main premise is still a Lifetime Channel melodrama in classy indie clothes thanks to writer/director Dean Kapsalis’ deft eye crafting this claustrophobic tragedy.
A claustrophobic tragedy! A shocking ending lifts THE SWERVE from regular fare into a domestic hell.
Her flirty husband (Bryce Pinkham) is bound to be a cheater. And her relationship with her hunky student is also a Lifetime cliché. These all converge to a shocking ending that lifts THE SWERVE from regular fare into a domestic hell.
THE SWERVE is available now on VOD and on digital platforms. Watch Henrick Vartanian‘s exclusive interview with the star and the filmmaker, below.