The Lie is a 2018 Canadian-American psychological horror film written and directed by Veena Sud. The film is a remake of the 2015 German film We Monsters, and stars Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard and Joey King.Jason Blum serves as a producer under his Blumhouse Television banner
Divorced father Jay drives his daughter Kayla to a ballet retreat. On the way, they find Kayla’s best friend, Britney, on the side of the road, and give her a lift to the same retreat. After pulling over so Britney can go to the bathroom in the woods, Jay hears Kayla scream and finds her sitting alone on a bridge over a river. Kayla claims she pushed Britney off the bridge. Jay checks the area for Britney’s body, but does not find it and assumes she drowned and was washed away. Kayla finds Britney’s purse and they go to see her mother, Rebecca, an attorney.
At Rebecca’s home, Kayla tells her that she murdered Britney. Britney’s father, Sam, arrives in search for his daughter. When he asks to speak to Kayla, Rebecca lies, saying she is at the doctor. Later on, Sam gets suspicious and returns to discover that Rebecca lied and Kayla is at home. After a physical altercation with Jay, Sam threatens to go to the police. Noting that Britney had a bruise on her face, Jay convinces Rebecca to try and put suspicion on Sam for the disappearance. She contacts a police associate, Detective Kenji Tagata, to accuse Sam of abusing Britney. When Kenji interrogates Sam, he denies hitting Britney and admits that she has run away before. Kenji interviews Kayla, who says that Sam has a bad temper and hit Britney before.
Sam spots Kayla outside Jay’s apartment and tries to grab her, but she retreats back into the house as he is chasing her, banging on the windows, and screaming her name. Jay and Rebecca try to bury Britney’s phone behind Sam’s house, but he catches them in the act. Before they flee, Sam tells them that he knows Kayla killed Britney. When Sam appears in front of their car, Rebecca purposefully drives into him. Jay and Rebecca consider calling for help before letting him bleed to death and leaving his corpse in the road.
The next morning, as Jay and Rebecca scrub Sam’s blood off her car, Britney suddenly appears, alive and well, asking to speak to Kayla. Britney admits her disappearance was no more than a simple ruse between her and Kayla to allow for Britney to visit her boyfriend. Britney becomes uncomfortable and leaves after noticing a bloodied rag, and their suspicious reactions. Jay and Rebecca confront Kayla, who tearfully admits that she went along with Britney’s plan, and escalated the lie by pretending to “push” Britney off the bridge, hoping that the pseudo-tragedy would bring her divorced parents back together. As the family embrace and Kayla begs her parents not to leave her, the doorbell rings and incoming police sirens are heard.
The film ends in two cliffhangers, the first in never revealing what would become of Kayla and her parents. It is also never revealed if Sam did, in fact, abuse Britney. Kayla said this to the police even when she knew all along that Britney was actually alive and well.
Mireille Enos as Rebecca Logan
Peter Sarsgaard as Jay Logan
Joey King as Kayla Logan
Cas Anvar as Sam Ismali
Devery Jacobs as Britney Ismali
Nicholas Lea as Detective Rodney Barnes
Patti Kim as Detective Kenji Tagata
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