Those who own waterfront cottages expect certain things to wash up on their shores, but Scott Speedman is not the normal kind of debris.
In an unusually sombre, less-than-thrilling thriller written and directed by Ruba Nadda and starring the excellent Patricia Clarkson, Speedman plays Will, a hunky but inexplicable fellow with a gunshot wound to his chest and an explanation he keeps close to the vest.
The remote Georgian Bay cottage belongs to a widowed Toronto doctor played by Clarkson. Her husband died in an accident the previous fall; she is haunted/comforted by soft-focus flashback scenes of their life together. For her solo trip north she has 'peace and quiet' in mind. She gets neither.
Filmmaker Nadda's stock-in-trade is restraint, but October Gale builds up to nothing much. Clarkson's character is a little too cool headed to be believed, and it's hard to invest much emotion in Speedman's thinly offered mystery man. A vengeful Tim Roth arrives late in the script, delivering little menace and a lot of British accent. Clarkson is fascinating to watch, but the denouement is quick and flat. A storm blows over unexcitedly, as does this film.