Daily Mail




THIS slow-burning and atmospheri­c British chiller is written and directed by the actress Romola Garai, but it is a very different animal to her best-known acting role in the 2009 TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. It takes place primarily in one location, the creaky, mould-dripping house that becomes a roof over the head of homeless ex-soldier Tomaz (Alec Secareanu, from another hit British indie film, God’s Own Country). The decrepit suburban house belongs to a mother and daughter, and it’s an elderly nun (Imelda Staunton) who takes Tomaz there to find shelter and to help the women — especially the daughter, Magda (Carla Juri, pictured with Staunton) — with some much-needed restoratio­n work. But there are far worse things than peeling wallpaper and dribbling taps lurking beneath the building’s precarious roof (bats, for one thing) and it’s an increasing­ly unsettling scenario that plays right into Tomaz’s traumatic past.

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