IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
32min | Short, Crime | 30 Jun 2018 (UK) | Short
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Director: Jonny Blair
Writer: Jonny Blair, Shane Crowley
Stars: Nico Mirallegro, Ben Smith, Joe Dempsie
IMDb summary: Three brothers living in rural Scotland struggle for intimacy and stability as they attempt to navigate their survival amongst a corrupt local police officer and the mysterious appearance of a girl’s body on their land.
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If I could sum up this film in one word, it would be “heartbreaking”. Does that make you want to see it? Well, it should because this film is bloody fantastic.
While I recognised Joe Dempsie straightaway from his work on Game of Thrones, the other actors were equally talented, and they played their roles particularly well, especially Nico Mirallegro who portrayed the special needs brother, Michael.
And again, the IMDb summary is a little off – you don’t really see a “struggle” for intimacy happening in the film. Sure, the two older brothers seem like they’re angry at the world, particularly Joe Dempsie’s character. But it’s not a touchy-feely type of film. It’s grim and raw and just plain sad.
What we get to see is what’s left of a very dysfunctional family who is barely hanging on. To make ends meet, the two older brothers, Ally and Sam, are drug dealers, and they’re making plans to go to Australia with the money they make. But their plans are completely ruined when a crooked, sadistic local cop runs into the two brothers on their way back from a party. What ensues from this interaction only escalates when their unsupervised brother Michael stumbles upon a body on their land.
What’s crazy about this short film is that there is so much intensity packed into such a small part of the movie, it feels almost like you’re leaning forward on a rollercoaster ride heading straight for a wall.
Desperation, greed, anger and frustration all take their toll on the two brothers, particularly on Ally played masterfully by Joe Dempsie. You get the impression he’s the one in charge; he’s a lot more articulate than his brother Sam, and he’s able to calm down his mentally challenged brother Michael when Sam struggles to get his tantrum under control.
A stupid and irresponsible decision made by Ally follows the brothers around until everything comes to a grinding halt in 10 seconds or fewer. The ending is explosive and unbearably sad all at once. This film is probably one of the best I’ve seen this year and one of the best short films I’ve seen period.
Watch it, I promise you – it will not disappoint you.
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