The Last Right review – comfortably contrived Irish Rain Man

This Christmas homecoming story about a lawyer and his autistic brother is predictable but fits like a well-worn onesie

’Tis the season for festive comedy-dramas about awkward and/or farcical homecomings. There will be worse ways to dodge the high-street rush than this genial, Christmas-set Irish indie, in which hotshot Boston lawyer Daniel (Michiel Huisman) returns to his native Cork after his mother’s death to chaperone autistic teenage brother Louis (Samuel Bottomley).

Writer-director Aoife Crehan acknowledges a certain debt to Barry Levinson’s once prizewinning, now unfashionable Rain Man early on, and proves no less upfront about her dramatic contrivances. The first act is a blizzard of twaddle designed to get the brothers and mortuary assistant Mary (Niamh Algar) into a Volvo bearing a coffin containing the body of the stranger Daniel sat next to on his flight. Weather that, and you can settle in for a middle-of-the-road road movie across a drizzly,
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