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Solid Air (2003)

Seeking refuge, compulsive gambler Robert Houston Junior comes home to his estranged father, Robert Senior. Discovering a lapsed compensation claim for asbestosis, Junior resolves to pursue... See full summary »

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Robert Houston
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Robert Houston Junior
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Nicola Blyth
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John Doran
James Martin ...
Todd
Laura Harvey ...
Leena
Neil McCormack ...
Ounce
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John Hutchison
Anne Downie ...
Barbara Ross
Matthew Bill Boyd ...
Hugh Ross
Laurie Ventry ...
John McLellan
Eileen McCallum ...
Helen Law
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Finn
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Niall
David Gallacher ...
Douglas
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Seeking refuge, compulsive gambler Robert Houston Junior comes home to his estranged father, Robert Senior. Discovering a lapsed compensation claim for asbestosis, Junior resolves to pursue the case, encountering the young, ambitious lawyer Nicola Blyth who tells him he must produce a witness to testify on his father's behalf. Beneath Junior's altruism lies an uncomfortable truth. In debt and on the run from wealthy businessman, John Doran, following a disastrous loss at the poker table, Junior's only hope is to get his hands on his father's settlement. But hope, like luck, is in short supply. As father and son set out to find the witness, suspicion turns to torment as Robert learns of his son's motives and the true cost of Junior's betrayal is revealed. Written by Anonymous

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A film with Solid Intelligence
1 September 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Robert Houston (Maurice Roëves) is a man dying from his injuries caused by many years of being exposed to asbestos at his former workplace. He has pursued a personal injury claim against his former employer, but 5 years later it still hasn't been resolved. When his son, Junior (Brian McCardie) starts looking into it he confronts the young and ambitious lawyer Nicola Blyth (Kathy Kiera Clarke) who's handling his father's case. She tells him that the best chance they have is to find a witness that can stand up for Robert in court. And so the search begins, Junior is committed to winning the case by any means necessary, but is restoring his father's honour Junior's only motive?

When you watch 3 to 5 films a week you're a little disillusioned when it comes to expecting brilliance in a film. But then once in a while, a true rarity comes along. Solid Air is one of those films. What director and writer May Miles Thomas has created here is nothing less than a work of art. The script, directing, photo and lightning are all absolutely flawless. This is a film that really challenges you: intellectually, linguistically and emotionally; just to mention a few of the ways. Flawless is also the best word to use when it comes to describing the casting and the actors' performances. Each and every actor seems to be made for their character and every part is played out to perfection. There is especially two performances that stands out; Kathy Kiera Clarke's way of portraying the reserved and competent Nicola really makes you wonder what has made her into the person that she is and Maurice Roëves as the complex father Robert Houston really touches your soul.

This is by far the most intelligent film I have ever seen.


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