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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Independent Movie
This is a first rate moody, deep, and often disturbing movie exploring the aftermath of a fishing boat tragedy and the challenges facing the only survivor. The photography, direction and acting are first class, George Mackay , a young actor with a growing reputation portrays the main character impeccably, definitely a rising star in the making. BAFTA winning movie and...
Published 4 months ago by R. J. Muirhead

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3.0 out of 5 stars Creative but longwinded
It was a a good directoral debut, but I found it a bit boring at times and not credible that the whole community would turn their back on him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Independent Movie, 19 Mar 2014
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R. J. Muirhead (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a first rate moody, deep, and often disturbing movie exploring the aftermath of a fishing boat tragedy and the challenges facing the only survivor. The photography, direction and acting are first class, George Mackay , a young actor with a growing reputation portrays the main character impeccably, definitely a rising star in the making. BAFTA winning movie and well deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Resonating and profoundly elegiac...", 20 Mar 2014
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Scottish screenwriter and director Paul Wright`s feature film debut which he wrote, premiered in the International Critics` Week section at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013, was screened in the Michael Powell Award Competition section at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in Scotland and is a UK production which was produced by producers Mary Burke and Polly Stokes. It tells the story about a son and brother named Aaron who lives with his mother named Cathy in Gourdon, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. After returning from a fishing boat accident where his brother named Michael and four other men were taken by the sea, the citizens of the community wonders why he doesn`t have any memory of what happened and places the blame for the accident on him. Although Aaron becomes alienated, he is convinced that his brother his still alive.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Scottish filmmaker Paul Wright, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and mostly from his viewpoint, draws a heartrendingly reflective portrayal of a sole survivor whom whilst missing his brother hangs on to a childhood story his mother used to tell him and his brother when they got scared, and turns to his brother`s girlfriend named Jane whom he thinks is the only one that will believe him. While notable for its naturalistic, distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions, versatile cinematography by cinematographer Benjamin Kracun, production design by production designer Simon Rogers and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven, monologue-driven and narrative-driven story where a fairy-tale becomes a reality to a person who believes that everything will be fine again if he can bring his brother back, depicts a densely internal study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Erik Enocksson.

This eloquently mysterious, distinguishable and somewhat sociological indie which is set in a coastal village in Scotland in the 21st century and where the one who were not taken by the sea takes on a responsibility for something he isn`t responsible for so that things can return to the way they were and a mother stands by her ostracized son, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, powerful use of music, remarkable use of flashback scenes, humane examination of its central themes, the singular acting performance by English actor George Mackay and the reverent acting performances by Scottish actress Kate Dickie, English actress Nichola Burley and Scottish actor Jordan Young. A resonating and profoundly elegiac audio-visual poem for those in peril at sea which gained the Douglas Hickox Award Paul Wright at the 16th Möet British Independent Film Awards in 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTING AND UNIQUE! WHERE WAS THIS FILM ON BAFTA DAY (2014)?, 15 Mar 2014
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This surprising film is an archetype of where quality British cinema is ‘at’ these days. Reminiscent of Lynne Ramsay‘s short films, Paul Wright‘s For Those In Peril is a haunting allegory to those lost at sea. Set on the west coast of Scotland, Aaron (GEORGE MACKAY – THE BOYS ARE BACK) is the sole survivor of a fishing boat crew that included his brother Michael (JORDAN YOUNG). The boat sank in mysterious circumstances and he is suffering psyche-changing ‘survivor’s guilt.’ However the townsfolk, led by the families of the lost also compound his sorrow by ostracising him at every turn. Some call him a jonah, others blame his lack of experience for the ‘accident.’ Only Aaron’s mother, played by Kate Dickie (PROMETHEUS) and his brother’s fiancee (NICHOLA BURLEY - KICKS) spend any serious time with him. His claims that his brother may still be alive only serve to unnerve and upset everybody even more. He becomes obsessed with his quest to find his lost brother because of a childhood story his mother told them. Endangering all those he comes into contact with could he actually be right? Could his brother be somewhere just beyond the horizon?

Flashbacks play a large part of For Those In Peril. Silent movies shot on Super 8, or highly filtered memories of Aaron and Michael’s childhood invade the present day scenes like ghosts. Aaron’s quest is prompted by strong memories of childhood games of hide and seek. Phone cameras and video cameras also seem to house Michael’s ghost. The missing brother is everywhere in the film. It’s very easy to get swept up in Aaron’s quest although it’s physically impossible that Michael could be in his house undiscovered. The town’s superstitions isolate him to the extent that his quest literally sends him completely mental. His insistence that his friends had come into contact with the devil in the sea becomes a central focus leading to an unexpected yet utterly beautiful and sad ending that makes us reassess all that we have been watching.

The performances from the largely Scots cast are fantastic from the leads down to the featured extras. George Mackay seems to be making a name for himself in large Britpics like Sunshine On Leith and How I Live Now but For Those In Peril contains his best performance to date. He looks pallid and ill, convincing as the utterly disturbed Aaron. The locations, editing, cinematography and ultimately the very impressive soundtrack elevate this unique film even further. It’s a bit slow to be sure, but it’s worth staying with until the utterly shattering and brilliant denouement.

8.5 out of 10 - Emotionally satisfying film that is quietly unique. Highly recommended. Please stay to the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly formed, second hand visuals, lofty ambitions and a dissatisfying and poorly executed debut. Mackaye in the lead was good., 24 Jun 2014
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I kind of said it all. Tries so hard to be both profound and heartfelt, feels borrowed and film school. BFI backed. Says it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good., 27 May 2014
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Interesting story for those of us interested in seafaring in small boats. May be of interest only to those of like mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creative but longwinded, 15 April 2014
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It was a a good directoral debut, but I found it a bit boring at times and not credible that the whole community would turn their back on him.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished in many ways - but it doesn't quite work, 31 Dec 2013
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This film has won a good deal of praise and is certainly unusual, beautifully acted and often visually striking. Michael and five crew of a Scottish fishing boat are drowned ; one, his brother, survives. This is, of course, an appalling tragedy for the village, not the first it has had to face, we presume, but perhaps the worst. Throughout the film we learn absolutely nothing about the reason for or the circumstances of the sinking. In various ways the survivor is ostracised ; people will not speak to him, he receives little or no sympathy, he is cat-called, a dead fish is 'posted' through his letter-box, young lads whom he knows treat him with a mixture of curiosity and disdain. This is, I suppose, a possible reaction, but the complete lack of warmth in the village towards him is somewhat hard to take, though there are hints of a backstory which may contribute towards it. His only allies are June, his brother's girlfriend, who seems to transfer her affection wholeheartedly to him (again, this is not quite convincing) and his mother. He believes that his brother is not dead and can be reclaimed, that he can find him, and this he tries to do in a number of ways. He slowly loses touch on reality and his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, destructive and dangerous. I cannot go into detail without giving too much but increasingly the film, which seemed initially to present us with hard reality, became less and less convincing, though it was always highly atmospheric and intriguing. A fantasy element enters, linked to a childhood story that the brothers' mother used to tell them, and the film ends startlingly with that. The ending is visually very striking but dangerously close to being risible.

This is an almost unremittingly gloomy film. I watched it in a small independent cinema which was close to full, and the audible reaction was one of disappointment - 'too bleak' / 'too puzzling' / too unconvincing' - though I suspect that most in the audience admired the craft of the actors, which is exemplary, the haunting 'cold' watery photography and the looming atmosphere. But I don't think it quite works. It is strangely close in subject-matter to the excellent Icelandic film 'The Deep' which likewise deals with a sinking, five deaths and one survivor, but that is a hugely accomplished retelling of an actual event (in 1984). It equals 'For Those in Peril' in atmosphere, camera-work and acting but far surpasses it in narrative and involvement, as far as I am concerned anyway.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very strange and boring, 12 Mar 2014
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I like small indie film, which I would class this has. However I just found this one very strange/depressing and boring.
The just din't understand what the aim of the film was!! Also why was this an 18 rated film? To me a 15 certificate would be more than adequate.
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