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Black Pond [DVD]
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An ordinary family are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table.
Two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham (Help, The Thick of It) stars as bumbling father Tom Thompson and inimitable British comedian Simon Amstell (Never Mind the Buzzcocks) makes his film debut as a sinister psychotherapist.
Combining the quietly surreal with the beautifully mundane, this award-winning comedy tells the hilarious and heart breaking story of how The Thompsons became known as the 'Family of Killers'.
Black Pond is nominated for Outstanding Debut at BAFTA.
- 30 minute bonus film 'Cockroach' by Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley
- Deleted scenes
"A deeply haunting, eccentric marvel" - 4 Stars --The Guardian
"One wishes there were more abnormal British Films such as this" - 4 Stars --Evening Standard
"Chris Langham plays a blinder as the family patriarch" - 4 Stars --The Times
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At the centre of Black Pond is the dysfunctional family of Langham's Tom Thompson and wife Sophie (Amanda Hadingue), whose relationship is on the rocks, and their (absent) daughters Anna O'Grady's Katie and Helen Cripps' Tess. Into their lives one day comes Blake (played with eccentric intensity by Colin Hurley) who, happening upon Tom walking his (three-legged) dog, Boy, is invited by Tom in for a cup of tea. Thereafter, the increasingly troubled Blake acts as a catalyst for his 'adopted' family, reigniting Tom and Sophie's fractious relationship, and, via his presence at the mysterious demise of Boy, causing the family to be 'reunited' for the pet's funeral (in the garden). As you can see, Kingsley and Sharpe's film is not exactly full of narrative fireworks, but instead is an intimate, and darkly comic, study of family and one that is (for me) increasingly engaging and ultimately rather moving and profound (and told in 'flashback interviews' by the family members).Read more ›
Black Pond is both hilariously funny and astoundingly tragic and, unlike many of the other 'greats' of 2011, it delivers this through a combination of a cleverly written script and fantastically nuanced acting.
For me, the highlight of the film comes in the form of an incredibly moving speach given by Blake (Colin Hurley) towards the climax.
Dear God, for the love of cinema - watch this film!
If Wes Anderson was British you'd easily believe he'd made this film.
Simon Amstell makes an incidental appearance, behaving much in the way you would expect Simon Amstell to behave, but has some great lines that work well for his character. Without disrespect for Mr Amstell and his comedy talent, the film does not need to linger on him, its a strong film in its own right.
The central character is undoubtedly Chris Langham, a middle-aged father trying to ignore the mundane anxieties of his apparently successful, but plainly uneventful life. His two daughters have grown older, share the same not-quite-boyfriend, and the family home is an empty nest.
While out for a walk with his three-legged dog named Boy, he meets Blake (who in some respects, brings to mind Mark Heap's character in "Friday Night Dinner"). Although wary at first, he's grateful for this new-found friendship, and for the revitalising effect it seems to have on his failing relationship with his wife.
It soon becomes apparent that Blake's appearance is going to have a greater impact on the family that they first imagine.
If you're a fan of films such as Submarine, Withnail and I, The Royal Tenenbaums, Tyrannosaur, and wonderful obscure films in general, then I'm sure you'll love this film.
My daughter pointed out similarities with Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England" and I saw shades of Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" in there, too.
THE SCENES WITH THE PSYCHIATRIST SMACK OF ^I REGRESS^ FROM RADIO 4 WITH MATT BERRY .
THE FILM SHOWS THE UNEASE & TENSION BETWEEN THE 2 SISTERS & TIM & ALSO BETWEEN HUSBAND & WIFE .
THE BURIAL OF ^ONE^ THE DOG IS UNCOMFORTABLY FUNNY WITH SPARKLING DIALOGUE .
THE GUEST SUDDENLY DIES & THEY DECIDE TO BURY HIM @ THEIR HOME .
@ THE LAST MINUTE MR.THOMPSON DECIDES THE GUEST^S BODY SHOULD BE MOVED FROM THE FAMILY^S LAND TO A PLACE IN THE WOODS WHICH BRINGS ABOUT BEMUSEMENT & ARGUMENT .
THIS IS AN IMAGINATIVE & DARING FILM WITH TOP DRAWER PERFORMANCES FROM AMANDA HARDINGUE , CHRIS
LANGHAM & COLIN HURLEY
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky but is well worth a watch.Pity Chris Langhams career has gone southPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very lingering film, but stick with it and it unfolds into a weird, dark and very strange story, which is very funny and very touching too, set around a pond and the... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by dotte
'Black Pond' marks the big screen debut of Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe who have given us a British movie that is funny, haunting and unique. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Brit Boy
Very arty. Not very funny.
If you get 15 mins in, and are wondering whether to continue watching, don't bother, it doesn't get any better.
Hello? Reality check? This film is utterly pointless and mind-numbingly tedious. The words 'low-budget British film' and 'improvisation' should be warning enough, but the fact that... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was funny, quirky and unusual- original idea. Really enjoyed it. The acting was excellent across the board. Bafta Nominated and right.Published on 14 July 2013 by Karren
I ordered this in Australia and it arrived fast. I read about the film on line and wanted to see it. I loved the acting as I had hoped. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by Angie lyndon