Still from Chameleon
Still from Chilean film Chameleon

Warning: Chameleon is a disturbing film. If you are triggered by the portrayal of violent sexual assaults, take a hard pass on this one. If you enjoy feeling sick to your stomach about the lengths humans will go to exert power over other people… well, you’re fucked up, but so am I. A young man talks his way into a lesbian couple’s house the day after their party, where he was a guest of a friend of theirs. He spends most of the movie being polite and watching the women bicker and drink heavily, but about an hour in, you’ll be white-knuckling your way through. It’s the darkest place you can go, to imagine a person’s capability to destroy another life, psychologically and physically. The villain in this film is sadistic, but what he does has glimmers of the daily shit that regular people do to manipulate everyone around them. And the ending absolutely devastated me.

Watch the trailer and get more information about where you can see it below.

SIFF happens May 18-June 11. Check out showtimes for Chameleon here; more recommended SIFF films here; and all SIFF films here.