The beginning of Faults by Riley Stearn depicts a scene of a public speaker whose glory days are over and has to live with humiliation of living in substandard hotels. It is a broad based comedy with a mean spirit about a weak man who was once a great at getting youngsters to leave the cults they had joined, Faults movie is really surprising.
Being a dark comedy this movie features an up close look at mind manipulation with great performances by Mary Elizabeth Winstead who is the directors wife. She provides a serious aspect to the plot, which has the failed public speaker attempt to get a young girl to quit following a cult. It is more of artsy production.
Ansel Roth has lost his television series, royalties on his books and his wife since his last attempt to get someone to leave a cult ended in disaster. He scrounges for work, lives in his car and avoids his manager who he borrowed money from to publicize his book on cults. He is a pathetic person that has lost his ability and competence in his profession.
An older couple hires Ansel to de-cult their daughter Claire. Ansel’s manager demands that he return the money he owes him, demands later turn into threats. Ansel kidnaps the couples’ daughter who remains quite calm as a hostage in a motel where Ansel deprives her of sleep. She believes her cult will kill Ansel for kidnapping and attempting to withdraw her from their cult’s practice.
Seeing Claire has a strong will, it is remarkable to see Ansel’s strategies take effect. He takes Claire to her parents who regain her love for them. However, her father’ shows certain aggressiveness in nature, which led to Claire running away.
Clair provides a sufficient base of emotion in following the cult and depicting her mind frame as well as relationships. It is a off the track comedy with cheap costumes that provides for an intense psychodrama. The plot has twists and suggests supernatural as well as criminal elements. Audiences will relate to the many hidden meanings and motives portrayed.