Marionette tells the story of a therapist, who loses her grip on reality when a ten-year-old boy claims he can control her future.


Elbert van Strien
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thekla Reuten ... Dr. Marianne Winter
Elijah Wolf ... Manny
Emun Elliott ... Kieran
Sam Hazeldine ... Josh
Dawn Steele ... Tina
Rebecca Front ... Maureen
Bill Paterson ... Dr. Mandelbaum
Peter Mullan ... Dr. McVittie
Pearl Chanda ... Margie
Brigitte Urhausen Brigitte Urhausen ... Katinka
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Markus
Martin Donaghy Martin Donaghy ... Oscar
Craig McDonald-Kelly ... Cameron (as Craig McDonald Kelly)
Elisabet Johannesdottir ... Kim Kaplan
John Scougall ... Officer Stewart


Marionette tells the story of a therapist, who loses her grip on reality when a ten-year-old boy claims he can control her future.

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Who is really pulling the strings?


Mystery | Thriller


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This is an (extended) remake of Elbert van Strien's first short film 'De Marionettenwereld' (1993) See more »


When Marion telephones Kieran in Scotland she only enters a 5 digit number. To make a call from the US to the UK it would entail entering country and area codes in addition to the number. See more »


Dr. McVittie: You want to see me burn
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Featured in Grolsch Gouden Kalveren Gala (2020) See more »

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Awesome head scratcher
23 September 2020 | by omendataSee all my reviews

Go into this film without any preconceived ideas and do not read my spoiler below and you are in for a fun filled, freaky thrill ride.

What an excellent sci-fi-horro-thriller this one is and no mistake. The atmosphere created is par excellence and the lush highland photography and Scottish locations add so much to the mood of the film. I had thought this was going to be just another made for TV thriller but oh how wrong I was.

The acting is top notch from all concerned; Bill Paterson is excellent in anything he touches and Peter Mullan does his usual gruff Scotsman to perfection coupled with a great leading lady this film will exceed expectations and have you thinking which is a good thing. Being Scottish myself, maybe I am a bit biased but this film does make me proud (for once) to be in Scotland!

It toys around with alternate realities, is there a god, the meaning of life...And even Schrödinger's cat makes an appearance so this should satisfy those looking for something a bit more cerebral than the usual CGI, crash, bang, wallop and it does it in spades and will keep you guessing to the end if you just let the film wash over you. Its rare for me to give more than an average 5 or above average 6 out of 10 these days but this one goes the whole hog and gets a mighty 7/10 this time.

SPOILER: The denouement will remind you of another recent film on which the crux of the story is based and its the marvellous Matthew McConaughey film Serenity (2019) but this time the location is Scotland instead of the Bahamas and it carries it off with ease!

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Release Date:

19 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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