6.1/10 (IMDB)

Test Pattern

1h 22m Drama
Test Pattern
Test Pattern

About

Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault. TEST PATTERN follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black woman's point of view.

Director

Shatara Michelle Ford

Cast

Brittany S. Hall, Will Brill, Gail Bean, Drew Fuller

Rating

Not Rated

Year

2021

Country

USA

Language

English


Main Trailer


Reviews

  • "Ford’s commitment to implying trauma instead of visualizing it is more than just an impressive formal constraint. Test Pattern proves the fault of more uncreative depictions of racial and gendered violence that exploit bare bodies and blood for shock value rather than depth and specificity."
    - Austin Chronicle
  • "Despite the density of their subject, Ford avoids heavy-handed platitudes and dramatic tropes, instead relying on a strong script and a pair of sneakily powerful performances from stars Brittany S. Hall and Will Brill. The result is a showcase for the film’s central trio, one that resonates long after the film’s slim running time concludes."
    - IndieWire

Awards

  • Blackstar Film Festival
  • deadCenter Film Festival
  • New Orleans Film Festival

Festivals

  • St. Louis Int'l Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Montclair Film Festival
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • Annapolis Film Festival
  • Blackstar Film Festival
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Tacoma Film Festival
  • Cucalorus Film Festival