PIL­GRIM HILL Di­rected by Ger­ard Bar­rett. Star­ring Joe Mullins

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Shot in un­hur­ried, cau­tious fash­ion – and mak­ing oc­ca­sional ges­tures to the mock doc­u­men­tary genre – Pil­grim Hill of­fers a qui­etly dev­as­tat­ing por­trait of a bach­e­lor farmer (Mullins) ek­ing out his life in a lonely farm on a windy out­crop. Bar­rett’s de­but fea­ture is a qui­etly stun­ning slice of ru­ral nat­u­ral­ism. Ian D Mur­phy’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy is limpid. Bar­rett chore­ographs the slow march to­wards an ex­pected catas­tro­phe with rhythms that are pos­i­tively Rus­sian in their grace. 12A cert, Light House, Dublin; Garter Lane, Water­ford; Mer­maid, Wick­low, 78 min

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