‘End of Sentence’ Review: Dir. Elfar Adalsteins (2019) [Eiff]

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The road-trip movie is a staple of the Edinburgh Film Festival programme every year, a classic movie of estranged family or friends coming together on some sort of trip. This year, it’s in the form of Elfar Adalsteins’ delicately balanced directorial debut End of Sentence.

In the opening moments of the film, we’re introduced to Anna Fogle (Andrea Irvine); she’s off to visit her son, Sean (Logan Lerman), in prison but his father Frank (John Hawkes) remains outside – trepidation to see him, their dynamic is quickly established: Frank and Sean aren’t traditionally close. However, when Anna passes away shortly thereafter, her illness getting the better of it, Frank returns to collect Sean upon his release to convince him to fulfill his mother’s last wish to take a trip to Anna’s homeland of Ireland to scatter her ashes together. Wanting nothing to do his with father,
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