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 Directed by D.R. Hood

UK, 2011

Cornerhouse, 16 December 2011


This is one of those nasty little English films, an excoriating study of a family and their secrets.

David (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns with a new bride Dawn (played by Claire Foy) to his home village; they aim to do up a house and start a family.  Soon, though, they are joined by David’s younger brother Nick (Shaun Evans) and fractures begin to appear in their relationship.  Nick is a soldier, apparently on leave from service in Iraq.  He’s damaged goods.

The film’s claustrophobic atmosphere put me in mind of Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago, though here the internecine violence is not quite as subtle and restrained.

Now right there you have the difference between your lower middle class and your upper middle class.

It’s a compelling film, though there are some unpleasantnesses in it.