This wickedly dark comedy follows dominatrix, Rebecca (Margaret Qualley), and her wealthy client, Hal (Christopher Abbott), as they engage in a high stakes role playing game for power and control. In the wake of inheriting his father’s hotel chain, Hal attempts to end his long and
secret relationship with Rebecca. A battle of wills ensues over the course of one incredibly fraught night, with both Rebecca and Hal struggling to
keep the upper hand as the power dynamics swing wildly back and forth.
This snapshot of personal, professional, and class warfare is a twisty, surprisingly heartfelt battle of wills. SANCTUARY has the confidence and generosity to allow the audience to ask its own questions before it makes its first (of many) upending reveals and Abbott and Qualley have such chemistry with one another, it’s a joy to watch them play out this psychosexual commentary on gender and power roles with such artistic fervor.