– Sc-Fi, Thriller
Release date: March 15, 2019 (Toronto, Calgary)
Production company: Markham Street Films
Canadian distributor: Raven Banner Releasing
The walled-in world of 16-year-old Vivien (Katie Douglas) is and always has been the Vestalis boarding school, supposedly a refuge from an outside world rendered toxic. It’s a neglected, antiseptic institution where girls without families are monitored, their day scheduled practically to the minute, and “education” consists of a constantly repeated list of “feminine virtues” – obedience, cleanliness, patience and humility – preached by a matriarch and propagandized in moral-hygiene films. And, as per her age, Vivien has reached “Level 16” in her education and is ostensibly ready to be adopted by an outside family. But her friend Sophia (Celina Martin) thinks something else is going on at Vestalis, something frightening. They are soon running for their lives, knowing they must save themselves or die trying.