Shell

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Shell

Scott Graham (2012)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A father and daughter's austere existence running a petrol station on a remote road in the Highlands of Scotland provides the substance for the first feature from writer/director Scott Graham (expanded from his 2007 short film). Newcomer Chloe Pirrie delivers a sensitive, spirited performance as the teenage Shell, but the way the film uses her uncomfortable bond with her epileptic dad (Joseph Mawle, battling with a difficult role) seems like glib gloss on an unpalatable situation, while the vulnerable young girl's relationship with certain male customers also smacks of storytelling convenience. A botched, unnecessarily melodramatic finale compounds the film's problems, which is a shame, since Graham has an eye for an elegant composition and is able to construct a distinctive sense of place, where the road and the open countryside present a world of possibilities but the daily grind of running the business is almost a prison. However, he clearly needs to work harder on the basics of putting a plot together.

Summary

A 17-year-old girl lives with her father at a petrol station in the Scottish Highlands, rarely seeing anyone else. As she grows to adulthood, she begins to question her place in the world and her inexperience of normal life, while her withdrawn father is still haunted by his wife walking out on the family. Drama, starring Chloe Pirrie and Joseph Mawle.

Cast & Crew

Shell Chloe Pirrie
Pete Joseph Mawle
Hugh Michael Smiley
Adam Iain De Caestecker
Robert Paul Thomas Hickey
Claire Kate Dickie
Director Scott Graham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VerveGuidance: Sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Mar 2013
Drama