Puffball

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  • Horror films
Nic Roeg’s long-awaited return to the big screen takes the form of an atmospheric if modestly scaled adaptation of a Fay Weldon novel about the threatening ‘pagan’ mire that envelops a young female English architect (Kelly Reilly) who’s come to an Irish hamlet to redevelop a cottage with a past. Roeg conjures reasonably lightly with Weldon’s teasing feminist-inflected, ‘Wicker-Man’-lite allusions, blending a naturalistic, psychologically heightened shooting style with sexual frankness and gynaecological inserts as the newcomer’s sexual dalliance with a neighbour’s husband sets up a witches’ brew of jealousies, rivalries and miscarriage-inducing potions. The performances are uneven: Reilly is fresh and spontaneous, but Rita Tushingham’s ancient crone, peering ominously through windows, seems a little stock and Donald Sutherland – as Reilly’s guru-like boss who visits offering maxims on renewal – is too ethereal. The steadfast stare of a sheep dog is genuinely creepy.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday July 18 2008
Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Keeley Hawes
Miranda Richardson
Donald Sutherland
Kelly Reilly
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Stephen Bailey

This has got to be one of the worst films I have ever seen. Talk about drawn out. At times I found myself being drawn to the local newspaper rather than watching the screen. I can't stress to you enough to avoid, avoid, avoid this hopeless, and boring rubbish.