Skeletons

Skeletons

Nick Whitfield (2010)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Two "extraction" specialists face personal and professional dilemmas in this micro-budget fantasy comedy drama which imagines the literal removal of personal skeletons from your closet. Ed Gaughan and Andrew Buckley play the oddballs who don goggles, point their sensors at a wardrobe and pull past misdemeanours into the open. Or something to that effect. In truth, this quirky little item leaves much to the imagination as it unfolds against a seemingly timeless English backdrop of rural railway stations and rolling countryside. The story also revolves around the notion that the pair are themselves prone to taking advantage of their professional gifts; writer/director Nick Whitfield calls this "glow-chasing", and the film's most intriguing element is the charming terminology used to bring its alternative universe to life. However, since the mannered storytelling never really draws us in, we're too often left to contemplate the film's oddity instead of its emotional conflicts. A nod for ambition, then, but ultimately it doesn't quite come off, despite a typically engaging turn from Jason Isaacs as the duo's gruff boss.

Summary

Two `emotional exorcists' make a living using their makeshift gadgets to psychically uncover people's dark secrets, allowing their clients to pursue honest relationships. They apply their unique talents to help a woman whose husband has been missing for years, and who hopes the secrets they uncover will provide clues to where he went. Fantasy comedy, starring Ed Gaughan and Andrew Buckley.

Cast & Crew

Davis Ed Gaughan
Bennett Andrew Buckley
The Colonel Jason Isaacs
Jane Paprika Steen
Rebecca Tuppence Middleton
Jo-Jo Josef Whitfield
Director Nick Whitfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SodaGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 2 Jul 2010
Comedy Drama