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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is work of unrelenting intensity & technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film Wolff is never less than remarkable in a riveting role as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological, and moral limits.

Cast

  • Susanne Wolff
  • Gedion Oduor Wekesa
  • Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda
  • Inga Birkenfeld
  • Alexander Beyer
  • Dominik Böth
  • Anika Menger
  • Mario Mangion
  • Chris Spiteri
  • Charlie Galea

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Rike's yacht, Asa Gray, is named after an eminent 19th century American botanist.

Quotes

    • Rike: Pulpca, these people need help. Over.
    • Radio Operator Pulpca: Unfortunately our company has a strict policy in such cases. I'm sorry.
    • Rike: Pulpca, these people are going to die. Over.
    • Radio Operator Pulpca: Asa Gray, I really cannot risk my job.
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Metacritic

75
Feb 25, 2019

The film is a penetrating an indictment of the bureaucratic obstacles placed in front of refugees.

Metacritic review by Keith Watson
Keith Watson
Slant Magazine
70
Jan 25, 2019

Admirably, the director maintains the documentary illusion throughout, opting for a third act that finds exactly the right, understated tone, neither glorifying Rike’s role, nor underplaying the character’s more than obvious compassion.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter