... but may divide audiences
I came to this film with no prior expectations, my interest stemmed from the soundtrack by Scottish indie wayward experimentalists, The Pastels (plus contributions from John McEntire of Tortoise, ex-Vaseline Eugene Kelly, and a certain Mr Jarvis Cocker).
I already owned the soundtrack (which is exceptional imho) and wanted to see how it 'hung' onto the moive.
The film took me by surprise- it unfolds languidly and doesn't feel the need to explain the plot or characters- there are more questions than answers when the film ends, which means for those willing to take the leap you can really become 'involved' and the film can really get under your skin
I understand this may have been pitched in it's marketing as a 'horror' movie or a 'thriller', perhaps this is why people have responded so badly to it, because it's not conventionally either
I think the comparisons with The Wicker Man stand up, also to that other 70's Brit Horror masterpiece, Don't Look now- I'd also add it compares and contrasts interestingly with Shane Meadows excellent 'Dead Man's Shoes'
Avoid if you're looking for easy shocks or a fast-paced action thriller, do give it a chance if you want something with atmosphere and quiet effective mounting tension.
There's also a terrific crossdressing wake.
One of my favourite recent British movies.