Watch the first 20 minutes of this German/Austrian drama, and you’ll think you’re watching an All is Lost remake. Then another ship shows up, and you realize you’re in a much different movie, one that grows prescient with each passing day. To say more would be to spoil the game.

Susanne Wolff is incredible in a role that asks her to repress her suspicions in favor of empathy, while director Wolfgang Fischer builds suspense with the sparest of elements and props. Styx is old-school movie-making, and it works wonders.  Now streaming on Kanopy and tubi.

The above blurb first appeared in the pages of Boulder Weekly Vol. 26, No. 29, “Adventures in cinema.”