Strange but True is an American noir-thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Searles.
It’s five years since the death of Ronnie Chase on the night of his high school prom. His girlfriend, Melissa (Margaret Qualley) turns up at his brother’s place, claiming to be pregnant by Ronnie, as she’s only been with one person. Ronnie’s mother (Amy Ryan) lives in a depressed funk, and wonders how it possible. She starts to research sperm lifespan in the library where she used to work.
Perhaps Melissa’s just after some money. She’s been taken in by an elderly couple and living in their backyard, just scraping by. We start to suspect Ronnie’s dad had something to do with it, or perhaps there is a supernatural element.
The storyline drifts from the usual fair with subplots and flashbacks. This film is a little bit of slow burn, as the thriller action doesn’t happen until the end when the suspense hits full throttle. The ending is quite dark and disturbing.
Strange but True stars Margaret Qualley, Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear among others.
Strange but True has a release date for Australian cinemas of the 17 October 2019.