Josie is a young woman struggling to cope with the tragic death of her boyfriend. In the aftermath of his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to his pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son’s passing. The two women are drawn into a twisted relationship raging with equal parts distrust and blind need as they become consumed with each other while trying to navigate life without the one they love.
The Tempest, based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, is written and directed by Julie Taymor. The play’s main character was Prospero, and Taymor changed the character’s gender to cast Helen Mirren as Prospera. In Shakespeare’s play, Prospero was the Duke of Milan. In the adaptation, Prospera is the wife of the duke. She is “more overtly wronged” than Prospero; when the duke is killed, his brother Antonio (played by Chris Cooper) accuses her of killing him with witchcraft. Antonio makes the accusation to rid of Prospera and claim her royal title. Taymor said, “She had her whole life taken away from her because she was a woman.” Prospera wants to prevent the same thing from happening to her daughter
Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness.