Thursday, 9 January 2014

SHELL


DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY SCOTT GRAHAM, THIS FILM SET IN THE RURAL HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND IS A BREATH-TAKING DEBUT FOR THE SCOTTISH BORN FILM MAKER. 

IT'S ANOTHER FILM WITH MINIMAL DIALOGUE BUT SO MUCH HEART AND BEAUTY THAT IT REALLY WILL TAKE YOU A WHILE TO GET OVER. THE STORY IS FORMED AROUND THE ISOLATION THAT COMES WITH LIVING SO FAR FROM SOCIETY AND AT THE HEART OF IT IS THE STRUGGLE THAT SHELL, THE MAIN CHARACTER EXPERIENCES HAVING GROWN UP WITHIN THAT SOLITUDE. THE PERFORMANCE THAT CHLOE PIRRIE GIVES AS SHELL IS UTTERLY COMPELLING, IT'S AS IF SHE WAS BORN TO PLAY THE CHARACTER. EVEN SCOTT GRAHAM WAS AMAZED AT HOW LUCKY HE WAS TO FIND SUCH A PERFECT ACTOR, REVEALING THAT HER DEER-LIKE APPEARANCE WAS SOMETHING THAT HE HAD NEVER IMAGINED HE WOULD FIND AND YET IT, YOU CAN SEE THAT IT WAS ESSENTIAL TO MAKING THE FILM. IT DOES SOUND STRANGE BUT WATCHING SHELL YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MEANS. SO MANY MOMENTS PIRRIE'S GAZE REFLECTS THE OBSERVATIONAL WATCH OF DOE, VOID OF JUDGEMENT OR THREAT JUST LOOKING; JUST SEEING WHATS OUT THERE. PIRRIE IS IN VERY GOOD COMPANY WITH ANOTHER EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE FROM JOSEPH MAWLE PLAYING HER FATHER. WE SEE LITTLE OF MAWLE'S CHARACTER APART FROM HIS PLACE AS SHELL'S DAD BUT MAWLE'S PERFORMANCE IS UNTOUCHABLE. THE CONFLICT WITHIN HIM AT THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS DAUGHTER IS SO QUIET THAT REALLY DOES BRAKE YOUR HEART.

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FILM AND I BELIEVE IT'S ONE OF THOSE RARE FILMS THAT NEVER REALLY LEAVES YOU AS I STILL CAN'T SEEM TO GET OVER IT.  

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