Wolfe announced this past week that writer/director Ed Gaffney’s mystery thriller, Russian Doll, will be making its DVD debut this coming Apr. 17.
If you love mysteries, then this is going to be right in your wheelhouse. Filmmaker Ed Gaffney is a writer and filmmaker (The Perfect Wedding), his wife, Suzanne Brockmann is also a writer … she handled the production and he, both the direction and script. The result is a noirish tale of deception (writers of mystery novels can be cruel that way) that revolves around a revenge motive … that has simmered for nearly 30 years.
The film opens with a young woman frantically calling 911 — you can’t, as the audience, know too much about her, because her abduction and the information she has uncovered (a murder plot) are central to the mystery. Detective Viola Ames (played Melanie Brockmann Gaffney) and her partner Detective Fiore (Sal Rendino) catch the case and clues lead them to a local theatre where the play “The Russian Doll” is in rehearsal.
A bit of backstory about Ames, reveals that her life-partner has recently died, and she still might not be totally focused on her work. That adds to the edginess of the story. What the detectives don’t fully understand is that the play is merely a device to exact revenge on someone … an elaborate murder, with the killer literally hiding as part of the theatre company in plain sight.
While Ames is trying to sort out the various clues, she encounters a woman by the name of Faith (Marem Hassler) and the chemistry between them is obvious. Is she a diversion? The killer? Who is the girl held hostage? And, why, oh why, does everyone involved with “The Russian Doll” have something to hide?
Gaffney’s Russian Doll is a sweet crime thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the final curtain (or is that “curtains” for someone).