UK / 107 minutes / color / Stray Bear, Agile, Film 4, BFI, Altitude Dir & Scr: Michael Pearce Pr: Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie Cine: Benjamin Kračun Cast: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle, Shannon Tarbet, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hattie Gotobed, Olwen Fouéré, Emily Taaffe, Tim Woodward, Barry Aird, Oliver Maltman, Tyrone Lopez.
In order to discuss this movie sensibly I’m going to have to commit a few spoilers. I’m not going to give away the solution to the crime—or the series of crimes—because the movie itself doesn’t do that, instead leaving various possibilities open for us to debate heatedly in the pub on the way home from the cinema. But in order to explain that enigma I’m going to have to give away quite a lot of the information leading up to its presentation, including the movie’s finale. So, if you’re one of those people who can’t watch a production of Othello if you already know the ending, beware.
On the island of Jersey (for readers outside Europe, the island’s to the south of England’s south coast and roughly equidistant from France), Moll Humford (Buckley) lives with her parents, looking after her dementia-afflicted dad Fletcher (Woodward) some of the time and working as a bus-tour guide. At 27 she’s a bit old to still be living at home, but fourteen years ago she stuck a pair of scissors into a bullying schoolmate, Tamara (Taaffe), and since then she’s been treated as someone potentially dangerous.
The family as a whole is under the thumb of Moll’s über-controlling mother Hilary (James). Moll’s elder brother Harrison (Maltman) and her sister Polly (Tarbet), who’s clearly lost in admiration of her own cuteness, plus Harrison’s teenage daughter Jade (Gotobed), make up the rest of the pack. Although her siblings have clearly realized that discretion’s the better part of valor so far as their mother’s concerned, Moll keeps Continue reading