Can we really get rid of emotional and physical abuse?
That’s a key question for Rebecca Hall’s haunted, haunted Margaret in “Resurrection.”
The Margaret we first meet is a highly capable working woman, a single mother with a teenage daughter, whose life is horribly disrupted by the reappearance of a man from her distant past.
From the moment she sees David Wolfe (Tim Roth), Margaret loses control. Where Margaret goes and what happens is, to put it mildly, strange.
“I found that as exotic as it is, it’s a very cinematic experience,” Hall, 40, offered in a Zoom interview. “It also felt a bit fictional to me, on the level of ancient primitive stories that take very unusual turns to express the sometimes extreme nature of human emotions.
“I just realized,” he continued, “that it’s exciting and can potentially bring people to a place where they’re really going through something.
“They’re going to be on a smooth ride and they’re going to come out and some people are going to like it. Some people aren’t. But nobody’s going to forget it. And everybody’s going to talk.”
Margaret’s stubbornness and volatility make her a bit scary and always surprising.
“I thought of it in terms of this archetypal lioness character,” Hall said. “If you strip away everything else, there’s this ultimate revenge on her part, which is as old as storytelling. And there’s this tigress quality to her that’s so interesting.
“Of course, we’re dealing with very real topics in our culture — gaslighting, abuse.”
With Wolff 22 years ago when Margaret was just 18, “She was in a cult. Certainly a lot of people have been in abusive relationships but what got under my skin was that I felt that There is a search for something more universal, which has to do with having a baby.
This married mom of 4 says, “All the wonderful things that happen when you have a baby, but there’s something else that’s built into parenting that you don’t have before the baby arrives. . Which is kind of existential terror. I have to take care of them! I have to keep them safe!
“Every minute of every day, there’s a little part of you as a mom that’s wondering, are they okay? Are they going to be okay?
“In a way, this story takes our emotions and then pushes them to extremes. I think that’s what’s interesting about it.”
“Resurrection” opens Friday.