Norfolk

Norfolk

Martin Radich (2015)

83min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A father and son living a solitary life in Norfolk, are drawn into conflict when spectres of a painful past re-emerge. Shot with a variety of techniques, visually this is a film that stands out from most mainstream fare. Giving hints at the narrative rather than spoon-feeding it, what develops is an emotional and tense story that occasionally gets slowed down by some unusual scenes, but never becomes boring. French actor Denis Ménochet is the film's brooding centre as a rural mercenary drawn back into an old feud and hiding a lifetime's worth of pain and anger behind a motionless stare. Considering the relative lack of dialogue, there is a believable on-screen bond between him and Barry Keoghan as his son. This is essential to what makes the film work, particularly in the gripping final act. Its cryptic and surreal elements might put off some viewers, but beneath the gritty atmospherics is a heartfelt drama about family dynamics.

Summary

A mercenary leads an idyllic life with his son in a rural environment, until the day a mysterious stranger arrives bearing instructions. He must carry out one last mission - the assassination of a group of revolutionaries - but the assignment threatens to destroy his bond with his child. Drama, starring Denis Menochet and Barry Keoghan.

Cast & Crew

Man Denis Ménochet
Boy Barry Keoghan
Girl Goda Letkauskaite
Old man Sean Buckley
Old woman Eileen Davies
Director Martin Radich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Crybaby StudiosGuidance: Swearing.Released on: 21 Sep 2016
Drama