Emma wakes up to find herself trapped in an abandoned bunker, her only view the sky through the prison’s bars. She soon realizes that there are two other victims trapped with her, Ben and Jamie, who she knows from her days in high school.
Ben went to prison for attacking and violating her fifteen years earlier. They haven’t seen each other since then. Now Ben and Jamie are Emma’s only means of escape from their savage captors, Thoms, Frottie and Piggy, three ex-soldiers. Faced with the choice to stay in the bunker or to escape her kidnappers with the help of her former rapist and his old friend, Emma chooses the latter.
Ruthlessly the ex-soldiers chase the group through the wilderness. While Emma tries to find out why Ben, Jamie, and herself have been kidnapped in the first place, she makes an effort to stay as far away from Ben as possible. She doesn’t trust him in the least. Slowly matters start to spin out of control though, facades start to crack and Emma has to learn who her real enemy is.
I am a female director and I love genre films. However, the best genre films always have a very morally profound theme, which elevates the entire story to another level. I believe that a movie can evolve around a current socio-cultural issue while being entertaining, and commercially viable. The term ‘elevated genre film’ has garnered attention in the past and supports my claim. The theme of 3 Lives develops around two central questions: How do people cope with their past? And – in the context of the worldwide increase of sexual assaults reported in the media – does gender make a difference for the severity of the crime?
With 3 Lives we want to create a compelling story of three people stranded in the wilderness, battling to survive while the answer to these questions will determine their fate. Visually the forest will stand for the wild and for the unknown each of us has to battle every day. And if the audience leaves the theatre, after a good hour and a half of entertainment, and thinks even a little bit about these questions and what they might mean for themselves – we have achieved everything we were hoping for.
Juliane Block (director | producer)
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