Daniel Isn't Real
Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) nails it with a mind-bending adaptation of co-writer Brian DeLeeuw's novel In This Way I Was Saved. As a troubled boy, Luke's bestie was imaginary playmate Daniel. That's before Luke's mentally ill mother forced him to lock Daniel away. Luke's now a socially awkward student whose counsellor suggests he “unlock” his old friend. It seems like a great idea – at first. Daniel's become a smooth talkin' cool cat who helps Luke hook up with artist Cassie. But there's something much deeper and darker on Daniel's extremely twisted mind. This exercise in emotional duality and urban paranoia is a cosmic fever-dream that lingers long after the end credits have rolled.