The Ones Be­low

OUT MARCH 11 / CERT. 15 / 86 MINS.

Empire (UK) - - IN CINEMAS - NP

DI­REC­TOR David Farr CAST Clé­mence Poésy, David Mor­ris­sey, Stephen Camp­bell Moore

Un­der­neath the sur­face of mid­dle­class com­fort and re­spectabil­ity lurk sim­ple base de­sires: to mate, to pro­tect, to re­pro­duce. They drive the­atre di­rec­tor and play­wright David Farr’s fea­ture-film di­rec­to­rial de­but and it’s prob­a­bly rea­son­able to say that a) he’s a fan of the work of Ro­man Polan­ski and b) what’s wrong with that? A con­tained four-han­der deal­ing with de­sire and san­ity, it lacks the sub­tlety to com­pletely get un­der the skin. But Clé­mence Poésy ex­cels as a ner­vous and ex­cited ex­pec­tant mother deal­ing with the drama of be­ing a par­ent — and also grow­ing ten­sions with her new neigh­bours.

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