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Blood Cells

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Blood Cells

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The legacy of a very British rural crisis is explored in this thoughtful, if slightly unconvincing indie drama

This low-key, moody British indie follows a drifter, Adam (played by Barry Ward, the charismatic lead in Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’), as he moves around the country trying to make peace with a troubled past rooted in the destruction of his family’s farm during the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis.

It’s shot in an alluring, intimate, immediate style and the sensitive, inquiring photography is by far the film’s strongest selling point. But Adam’s series of brief encounters, as he reconnects with old friends and family, can feel shallow and underexplored, despite a strong performance from Ward.

There’s also a niggling sense that Adam is more a catalyst for some well-styled movie atmospherics than any serious examination of his character’s troubles.

Written by Dave Calhoun

Release Details

  • Release date:Tuesday 30 June 2015
  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore
  • Screenwriter:Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore
  • Cast:
    • Jimmy Akingbola
    • Olivia Bernstone
    • Silas Carson
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