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Frozen (2005)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 27 January 2006 (UK)
It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, ... See full summary »


Juliet McKoen


Juliet McKoen (screenplay), Jayne Steel (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Henderson ... Kath
Roshan Seth ... Noyen
Ger Ryan ... Elsie
Richard Armitage ... Steven
Ralf Little ... Eddie
Jamie Sives ... Jim
Shireen Shah Shireen Shah ... Vellama
Sean Harris ... Hurricane Frank
Lyndsey Marshal ... Tracey
Rebecca Palmer ... Irene
Karl Johnson ... Coastguard Bill
George Costigan ... P.C. Pike
Richard Ridings ... Lorry Driver
Maxine Peake ... Ticket Attendant
Stephen Lord ... Diver Kenny


It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere until she steals some CCTV footage of her sister on her final day. Visiting the spot where Annie was filmed, Kath becomes convinced she has found a portal to another reality and from this portal Kath is trying to say something. A clue, perhaps? Or a warning? Those close to Kath are sceptical. They question her sanity, beg her to stop searching. But has Kath really found a way to access the afterlife? Or has she stumbled upon a dangerous truth? Written by kerryjadekolbe@hotmail.com

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Sometimes finding someone is even worse than losing them




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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A haunting story of a woman's search for her missing sister.
16 December 2005 | by boabSee all my reviews

I looked forward to seeing this film as it features the Scottish actress, Shirley Henderson, who I have really admired for years and who finally gets a starring role here.

This story of a woman's search for her missing sister feels quite relevant to today's newspaper stories of disappearing women. As the grieving Kath (Henderson) begins her search, the film takes on the form of a thriller and this story unfolds in a measured way that becomes totally mesmerising. The escalating tension is well judged, never letting the audience get ahead of the plot.

What is pleasantly surprising are the strong performances that director Juliet McKoen gets from all her actors in her debut film. As expected, Henderson is superb, but I would also single out Richard Armitage as the Port Authority boss who helps Kath with her investigations into CCTV footage of her sister and who gives a performance of some subtlety. The treatment of Kath's encounters with the counsellor, movingly played by Roshan Seth, also treads a fine line emotionally.

The sense of place in this film is palpable and is one of director McKoen's real achievements. You feel she knows the territory. The film is set in the port of Fleetwood which makes the film visually very distinctive. There are also strong scenes on Morecambe Bay producing some beautiful images of desolation that are quite haunting.

The scenes of Kath and her fellow workers at the fish factory are well handled, though I would have liked to see some of these actors given more to do. It is a tribute to McKoen's casting efforts that many of these smaller parts are played by actors who have a track record in British TV drama. But it is Henderson, with an impeccable Lancashire accent, who carries the full weight of this film as she appears in virtually every scene. With some powerful close-ups of her expressive face, we really get inside this character's mind.

There is a seriousness about this film which is to be applauded in an era when I, for one, find many filmgoing experiences instantly forgettable. There is plenty to think about here and this is one that stays with you

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