OUT MARCH 25 / CERT. 15 / 85 MINS.

Empire (UK) - - IN CINEMAS - DH

DI­REC­TOR Scott Gra­ham CAST Ruth Negga, Dou­glas Hen­shall, Ben Gal­lagher

Flee­ing from tragic events on the main­land, strug­gling sin­gle mother Iona (Negga) re­turns to her rugged He­bridean is­land birth­place (and name­sake), with her 15 year-old son in tow, in Scott Gra­ham’s fol­low-up to his ex­tra­or­di­nary de­but, Shell (2012). Un­der­cur­rents and un­re­solved is­sues abound in a story told in mean­ing­ful glances and in­nu­endo, al­beit one with the oc­ca­sional feel of a sixth-form drama class. A dry-stone wall built by two of the char­ac­ters pro­vides a po­tent sym­bol of the is­lan­ders’ awk­ward re­la­tion­ships, and of the film it­self: the pieces are there, but the con­nec­tive tis­sue is miss­ing.

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