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This downbeat indie mystery about various mismatched strangers hanging out in a cliff-top hotel somewhere on the edge of our island is from Carol Morley, whose success last year with the moving doc ‘Dreams of a Life’ has summoned this 2010 drama down from the shelf marked ‘unreleased’.

To call the mood wintry is an understatement: as snow falls outside in this eerie location, our cast of the dispossessed reveal their problems to each other. Ageing and sad Wendy (Marjorie Yates) confides in the Polish cleaner (Anna Wendzikowska); feisty Sophie (Nichola Burley) turns on Phillip (Joe Dempsie) after arranging to meet him over the internet; and quiet Elly (Maxine Peake) fixates on a past tragedy and only tentatively warms to the charms of well-meaning musician Glen (Paul Hilton).

The surreal air and spooky use of the hotel as a theatre for a play on the dispossessed is welcome, but the script and acting are lacking, and the effect is more episodic than it should be. Admirable but not entirely convincing.

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Release date: Friday April 13 2012
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carol Morley
Screenwriter: Carol Morley
Cast: Maxine Peake
Nichola Burley

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The comment you type in thisI thought this was charming & really engaging, not immediately, but it slowly drew me into a world of people not usually portrayed on screen. Some beautiful images help create an eerie atmosphere in which the characters slowly reveal their personal 'flaws' which help them all come together. A little slow to start but worth going with it, it's certainly stayed with me. A great brit flick!box will appear on the site