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"Importantly austere, densely cinematographic...",
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Welsh screenwriter and director Kieran Evans` feature film debut which he wrote, is an adaptation of a novel from 2002 by English author Niall Griffiths. It premiered in the Dare section at the 56th London Film Festival in 2012, was screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in England and North Wales and is a UK-Ireland co-production which was produced by producer Jainine Marmot. It tells the story about a man named Victor who lives at a disused school in Anfield, Liverpool in England with three other men and who spends most of his time with his sister named Lizzie who lives in a house with her husband named Mikey and their son named Connor, and his friends named Craig and Baz. Whilst celebrating at a nightclub on his birthday, Victor meets a woman named Kelly on the dance floor and accompanies her to her apartment.
Distinctly and precisely directed by Welsh filmmaker Kieran Evans, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated simultaneously and interchangeably from the two main characters` viewpoints, draws a necessarily unsentimental and psychologically poetic portrayal of a woman who socialises with a Dominatrix named Victoria, and who on a night in June whilst out dancing approaches and initiates contact with a person she takes a liking to. While notable for it`s variegated and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Piers McGrail, production design by production designer Anthea Nelson, costume design by costume designer Orla Smyth-Mill and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about the consequences of human cruelty and how it in some cases can express itself, where a Gemini woman and Taurus man who chooses to trust one another and unite in an act of love which exposes their true selves and creates an unspoken promise and invaluable fragments of hope which transforms them and their relation to life, and where excruciating deeds gradually becomes understandable though not condonable, depicts two mindfully internalized studies of character and contains a timely and prominent score by composer Steve Fanagan.
This lingeringly atmospheric, mysteriously spiritual and poignantly and yearningly romantic indie love-story which is set during a summer in England in the 21st century and where an English dock worker in his late twenties is introduced through his new acquaintance to unfamiliar expressions which causes bilateral reactions and instigates the presence of death in him, and a self-employed female designer whom unwillingly joins a friend to meet a banker who takes strange pleasure from being humiliated and dominated, starts acting in reckless and hazardous ways, is impelled and reinforced by it`s cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, efficiently abrupt film editing, contrasting perspectives, graceful interplay, scenes between Victor and Kelly, comment by a bartender at a pub : "Pick on someone your own size..." and the crucial and authentic acting performances by Northern Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes and English actor Julian Morris. An importantly austere, densely cinematographic and humanizing character piece.