Parents face ethical quagmire to protect daughter in ‘The Lie’

Joey King (left) stuns in ‘The Lie.’ Supplied
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Updated 12 October 2020

Parents face ethical quagmire to protect daughter in ‘The Lie’

CHENNAI: To protect one’s child is perhaps the most overriding of human instincts and writer-director Veena Sud offers an incisive account of this in her tightly edited and gripping “The Lie,” part of Blumhouse’s horror anthology now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

The film opens with divorced father Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) and his 15-year-old daughter, Kayla (Joey King), driving across a desolate, snowy landscape on the way to a weekend retreat hosted by her ballet school. Kayla spots her friend Brittany (Devery Jacobs) at a bus stop and begs her father to let her ride with them. There is some hesitation on Jay’s face – a premonition of what is to come — but he asks his daughter’s friend to hop in the car. 

The film stars Joey King, Peter Sarsgaard and Devery Jacobs. Supplied

The English-language remake of the 2015 German drama “We Monsters” then follows the trio as Kayla and Brittany wander off into the forest a little way later so the latter can find somewhere to relieve herself. Tension builds and Jay hears a scream, only to find Kayla sitting on a fence overlooking an angry, swollen river before she admits to pushing Brittany into the freezing water, probably killing her.

Jay is faced with a stark choice — go to the police or pretend as if nothing happened, after all, nobody saw them pick Brittany up. Wracked by guilt, Kayla lashes out over the course of the bitterly bleak film and things get worse when Brittany’s father comes to Kayla’s house looking for his missing daughter.

“The Lie” is one of the eight films produced by Blumhouse as a horror series under the banner, “Welcome to Blumhouse.” Supplied

Kayla’s mother, Rebecca (Mireille Enos), blurts out the titular lie in her panic and things spiral out of control.

It’s a study in just how far into the realm of the unethical parents can go to save their children —particularly unsettling is the way they try to cast suspicion on Brittany’s father, who is of South Asian origin.

With top-notch performances — especially King’s, who displays the angst of being caught between her conscience and a prison term with believability — “The Lie” is one of the eight films produced by Blumhouse as a horror series under the banner, “Welcome to Blumhouse.”

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.