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Out of the Closet
on 1 September 2010
If you only buy one DVD of a British film buy Skeletons.
Skeletons is a darkly comic debut from Nick Whitfield with lineage through Ealing and European schools of film making.
The central characters Davis and Bennett are agents of Veridical and visit people's homes to metaphorically clean out skeletons from their closets; hidden and often dirty secrets which people are too weak to disclose themselves, and indeed the services offered by Veridical are perceived by the clients as a form of fanciful post-modernist therapy, and they do not truly believe that Davis and Bennett can discover their secrets.
The duo is played with both Pinter-esque menace and Sam Beckett comedy by Andrew Buckley and Ed Gaughan.
The film is a dark comedy with early laugh-out-loud scenes, but ultimately delivers a compelling message about loss and memory.
Unmistakeably English in its charming eccentricity, there are traces of great European films such as Delicatessen in its construction.
Skeletons is a gem of English independent cinema that fully deserves its accolades, and the award of the Michael Powell award for Best New British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.