MONDAY SLOW WEST
9.30PM, ONE A casual weirdness, a wisened grasp of when to embrace or reject a cliche, a quartet of ripping performances – these are the calling cards of this odd, funny and compelling western. Accomplished young Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee ( TheRoad) stars as Jay, a hopelessly romantic teen with plenty of money in his pocket and few clues in his head. This would explain why, in the 1860s, Jay has left a life of comfort in Scotland to comb the badlands of Colorado in search of his lost love, Rosie (Caren Pistorius). Our naive hero’s chaperoneslash-bodyguard (Michael Fassbender) has his work cut out for him. Especially when the pair keep crossing paths with a bad guy (Ben Mendelsohn). An acquired taste, but plenty of vivid flavours await.