Mum & Dad

3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This grisly, cod-Freudian satire is the first film to be released under Film London’s Microwave scheme, which dished out £100,000 to a handful of burgeoning Brit filmmakers. Lena (Olga Fedori) is the young Polish immigrant working as a cleaner at Heathrow who is captured, imprisoned and tortured by a family of psychopaths.

The small ensemble give game performances and, more importantly, are all in on the joke, as soap opera squabbles (which feel like they’ve been sapped straight from early Mike Leigh) segue merrily into scenes of mutilation and murder. Perry Benson – last seen in Shane Meadows’s ‘Somers Town’ – is given, ahem, a meaty lead role as the homicidal dad, but he’s too likable to convey any real menace.  And while the mechanics of Lena’s ordeal have a revolting plausibility to them, you feel that director Steven Sheil has not yet mastered a way of developing tension through camerawork and editing, and as such, this commendable first effort works better as sick comedy than scary horror.

By: David Jenkins



Release details

Release date:
Friday December 19 2008
84 mins

Cast and crew

Steven Sheil
Steven Sheil
Dido Miles
Perry Benson
Olga Fedon
Ainsley Howard
Toby Alexander
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