Ashley Scott in One Small Indiscretion (2017)

A Deadly Discretion

It was 9 years ago when Caroline (Ashley Scott), having separated from her husband, had a brief fling with a married man only to return to her husband. But for Elle (Tiera Skovbye) what Caroline did will for ever be etched in her memory as she believes it was her father who she had her brief affair with and it lead to not only her mother shooting him but then turning the gun on herself. Convinced her parent's deaths were Caroline's fault she is determined to destroy her, her husband Sam (Cru Ennis) and their son Logan (Johnny Visotcky) having arranged to move in to their guest house.

What's the catch? That was the thought which was running through my mind the entire time I watched "One Small Indiscretion" because if there was no catch there would be no point. I say that because the movie starts with a young girl over hearing her drunken mother accuse her father of having an affair before hearing two gun shots and she finds them on the floor. As such when we meet Elle in what seems an act of stalking in a DIY store you quickly can take a stab that this is the young girl having grown up and is coming after Caroline for wrecking her life by causing the trouble in her parent's marriage.

Tiera Skovbye in One Small Indiscretion (2017)

Now I am not going to tell you whether or not there is a catch or what it might be but what that means is that for a lot of the movie we watch the usual stuff of Ellie working her way in to the family. We see her flirting with both Sam and Logan, hiding cameras in the home and lots of other stuff which if you enjoy Lifetime movies you will be familiar with including dealing with a nosy neighbour and getting threatening to a boy at Logan's school. That sense of familiar also extends to the acting with Ashley Scott delivering another protect mom performance whilst Tiera Skovbye does a nice job of making Elle devious in an entertaining if typical manner.

What this all boils down to is that "One Small Indiscretion" is simply one of those TV thrillers which actually works whether you are familiar with the genre or not. As such for me I found myself watching and waiting for that twist to come along, a reveal to make all that is routine just a case of the director toying with the audience before delivering the shock.