Lisa Son, set decorator for “The Patient,” sat down withto talk about how she used the history of the basement where Alan Strauss is held captive to tell a series of tiny stories about Sam Fortner’s mother, Candace. Since Candace owns the house and used the basement as an escape from her abusive husband, there are elements of her life in this space.
“It would be a place where she did home workouts like Abs of Steel, so we had videos of Abs of Steel,” Son explained. “We had gym equipment down there. We had her favorite rom-com movies, her favorite novels (some of them were smut novels), [and] self-help books,” she went on. Son also said that Candace’s favorite feel-good rom-com is “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Since Sam’s troubling past includes an abusive father, it’s only natural that he and his mother would hide from his domineering ways in the basement. As such, there are little details that tell viewers what Sam got up to in this underground space as well. “There are board games in there, and there are also little mind games, like a Rubik’s Cube,” she said. It would seem that Sam has been playing games long before he concocted the chilling chess match he plays with his therapist.