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Limbo

  • 2020
  • Ben Sharrock
  • 104 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Limbo is about a man who has lost his way. Reconnected with his estranged son, he begins a journey of reflection, which affirms his will to live and reconnects him to the lost love from his past.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

In British writer/director Ben Sharrock's winning sophomore feature, a small group of asylum seekers mark time on a remote Scottish island as they await the outcome of their applications to stay. Central to these is Omar (portrayed with subtle tenderness by Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who - unable to play his beloved oud because his arm is broken, or send money to his exiled family in Turkey because he's banned from working - is eaten up by sadness, fear, and a sense of failure. All he and the others can do is wait. Drawing on real stories told to him in Damascus before Syria descended into chaos, Sharrock leavens the despair and desperation of his story with compassion and absurdist humour. The film is also a treat for the eyes, shifting between the dehumanising hostel where the men have been housed and the seemingly endless purgatorial bleakness of the island itself. The result is one of the best films ever made about the refugee experience.

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Credits

Cast

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OmarAmir El-Masry
FarhadVikash Bhai
AbediKwabena Ansah
WasefOla Orebiyi
BorisKenneth Collard
NabilKais Nashif

Crew

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DirectorBen Sharrock

Details

Theatrical distributor
MUBI
Released on
2021-07-30
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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