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Skeletons (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 2 July 2010 (UK)
Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved.


Nick Whitfield


Nick Whitfield, Andrew Buckley (Additional script dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ... Davis
Andrew Buckley ... Bennett
Tuppence Middleton ... Rebecca
Paprika Steen ... Jane
Jason Isaacs ... The Colonel
Josef Whitfield Josef Whitfield ... Jojo
Paul Dallison Paul Dallison ... Marcus
Keith Lancaster Keith Lancaster ... The Father
Kirsty Williams Kirsty Williams ... The Mother
Jasper Williams Jasper Williams ... Young Davis
Tanya Myers Tanya Myers ... Hermione
Colin Wells Colin Wells ... Olly
Will Adamsdale ... Simon
Laura Freeman Laura Freeman ... Annabel
Gillian Goodman Gillian Goodman ... Bennett's Mum


Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved.

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Two men. One secret. No problem.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Bennett: You heard what William said, he ended up going Bulgarian.
Davis: I ain't gonna go Bulgarian
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 28 June 2010 (2010) See more »


Polegnala e Pschenitza
Arranged by Stephan Kanev
Performed by Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
Licensed courtesy of Disques Cellier
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A comic curio that is weirdly engaging throughout – so why did I not like it more?
20 May 2011 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Things start out oddly in this film – and it is a way that they pretty much continues for the rest of the film. We join two odd British characters who take the service they provide to clients around the UK with all the enthusiasm and customer-care that you would expect from travelling service people quite tired of their lot. The service they provide, we gradually learn, is to extract secrets from the psychic channels in the house for people who want all their skeletons out of their closet. It is an odd skill and one which the bitter Simon abuses as he spends his free time accessing the warm, safe memories he has rather than living in the moment. When their boss gives them an unusual job, they come up against challenges, but solving them could prove to be worse.

Although it takes a minute to get a grip on what is happening, I did like the way that the film doesn't do a lot of exposition for the viewer but rather lets us work it out by watching. Likewise I liked that the detail of the how's and what's was just left there along with the technical dialogue – because in a way these things don't really matter once you have the idea. And it is a good idea and it does translate into a nice film that is interesting throughout. Sadly that's where my descriptive words tail off because I wasn't left with much more than that. I did "like" the film but yet not as much as I had hoped and it never went beyond being "interested" in it – it didn't ever move me or excite me.

I know for some that the oddity of it all will be part of the reasons they love it but for me that was not enough and I found myself waiting for the film to deliver on these interesting concepts and odd atmosphere. It kinda does but again only in a way that is oddly interesting, not brilliant or really engaging. As a drama I wanted it to have more to move me or hold my attention. As a comedy it is gently comic but never more than this. Like I said, it is an odd film whose downfall is that it is odd to the point that this oddity is the only quality where one feels it is delivering on to its fullest potential. It is hard to describe and I'm sure those that love the film will rage at me but I've not really been able to find any comments by people who love this film that do not include a lot about how "wonderfully odd" it is or similar comments about how refreshing it is and how much better than Hollywood etc etc. Different can be good but different is mostly just different.

The performances are great though. Adamsdale and Buckley are both good together and also produce odd characters without losing sight of them being real people at heart – they are not played for laughs because of who they are, although the laughs may come. They are matched in their weirdness by Isaacs, Middleton, Steen and a few others, all of whom do good work and seem to judge their performances well for the material and tone of the film, I just wished the material had been a little stronger in terms of what the film was trying to do with the ideas (beyond being odd).

So Skeletons turns out to be an interesting little curio that has good ideas and a very odd and comic tone. It doesn't produce a lot of laughs, drama, thrills or emotion though and, as much as I liked the weird feel and the plot, I did keep wanting it to delivery something else to me – but it is something that (if you haven't already guessed) I'm struggling to put my finger on.

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