B.C.-shot Netflix film Lou finds fierce women in rescue mission on rugged Vancouver Island coast
In the new Netflix film Lou, the rugged natural side of Vancouver Island’s west coast looms large and underscores every part of the story about two different, but fierce women forced to join forces to rescue a kidnapped child.
Director Anna Foerster knew from her first read of the script for Lou that the power of the natural world was very much a character in this action/drama film starring Academy Award winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Emmy nominee (Lovecraft Country) Jurnee Smollett.
In this case, that weather is courtesy of the Ucluelet area that stands in for Orcas Island, the largest of Washington state’s San Juan Islands. There were no studio shoots with actors in front of blue screens while someone off camera splashed water on them.
“It was a big thing for me. I did not want this to feel fake. I didn’t want this to feel polished,” Foerster said recently via Zoom from Los Angeles. “I myself am a pretty much outdoorsy person so I know very much how it feels if you are really at the mercy of relentless and indifferent nature. That was very important to me as part of this story telling to make that as grounded and as real as possible.”