Cordelia review – atmospheric but uneven thriller

Simran Hans
·1-min read

In Adrian Shergold’s uneven thriller, actor Cordelia (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) continues to suffer the aftershocks of trauma from an event that took place 12 years prior. When her twin sister (also played – though less convincingly – by Campbell-Hughes) leaves her alone in their London flat for the weekend, the fragile Cordelia begins to spiral, convinced a stranger has been rifling through her knickers.

Johnny Flynn is fun to watch as sleazy upstairs neighbour and violinist Frank, and with its flocked wallpaper, claustrophobic hallways and dingy paisley curtains, the flat helps create a creepy atmosphere. Still, tension is frequently punctured by clunky dialogue. “I got mired in real life, and Rada was useless,” Cordelia says wistfully.