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Flying Blind (2012)

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A stylish mix of erotic love story and political thriller. Helen McCrory stars as a brilliant aerospace engineer who is drawn into a passionate affair with a younger male student while ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Helen McCrory ... Frankie
Kenneth Cranham ... Victor
Lorcan Cranitch ... Duncan Morehouse
Tristan Gemmill ... Robert
Razane Jammal ... Dima
Tim Wallers Tim Wallers ... Army Colonel
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Terry Stockton
Sam Ellis Sam Ellis ... Harry Dixon
Cameron Stewart Cameron Stewart ... Andrew Dockings
Sherif Eltayeb Sherif Eltayeb ... Malik
Najib Oudghiri Najib Oudghiri ... Kahil
Jonathan Pembroke ... RAF Group Captain
Philippa Howard Philippa Howard ... Nina Simons
James Bonser James Bonser ... Provocative Student
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A stylish mix of erotic love story and political thriller. Helen McCrory stars as a brilliant aerospace engineer who is drawn into a passionate affair with a younger male student while working on a government contract for an aircraft destined for military use. As the contract deadline nears, her doubts about her new lover mount, and she comes to understand the shadowy sides of her professional career and her personal life. Written by Anonymous

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Winner of the Audience Award at Bath Film Festival 2012. See more »

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Robert: ...you meeting what's his name?
Frankie: What's his name and I finished a couple weeks ago. He cried and said thank you after sex.
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I Love How You Love Me
Written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber
Used by kind permission of EMI Music Publishing
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Suspicion: how sociopolitical oppression can influence intimacy
3 October 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Though the USA format version of this British film and DVD is not yet available, the film could and should be seen on video on demand until the DVD is available for purchase. At this particular time in our history this story is a healthy look at the misunderstandings between the Muslims and non-Muslims and hopefully will hold a mirror to society to reexamine prejudice and misplaced fear and suspicion. Filmed in Bristol, England by director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and based on a screenplay by Caroline Harrington, Bruce McLeod and Naomi Wallace, it is a rather quiet but powerful indictment against suspicion as played out in a love story.

Frankie (Helen McCrory), an attractive middle-aged woman, is a successful aerospace engineer designing drones for the British military. She also lectures at Bristol University where she meets a French-Algerian student Kahil (the immensely promising French Algerian actor Najib Oudghiri) They begin an affair and Frankie swiftly becomes obsessed with her young lover but after discovering, by accident, that he is a part-time taxi driver, she realizes that she doesn't really know Kahil, his past, or where his loyalties lie. The sweet but somewhat mysterious Kahil has friends who seem to be shady characters (except for his best friend Malik - Sheriff Eltayeb), his body carries the signs of torture, and he's lied about his student status. Frankie works in a sensitive field and becomes increasingly suspicious of Kahil's intentions towards her, and after MI5 informs her Kahil is a 'person of interest', she finds that she can't give him up so easily and starts to spy on him. She spies through his Internet history and rifles through a bag that may or may not be his. At the same time, Frankie's father Victor (Kenneth Cranham), the police and her work superiors begin to monitor her activities. Klimkiewicz ratchets up the tension and keeps us guessing as to Kahil's allegiances, while Frankie is, in turn, betrayed. Her protective father has his own doubts about Kahil and acts on them with devastating consequences. The ending is blisteringly pathetic for all concerned.

Though there are some questionable discrepancies in the script (such as how a highflying career woman is so easily derailed, emotionally and physically, by a sexual relationship with a younger man), but the acting and direction are so fine that these minor flaws become superfluous in the end. This is first and foremost a love story set in our perilous times and offers a lesson in understanding the manifestations of suspicion on interpersonal relationships.

Grady Harp


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12 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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GBP345,000 (estimated)
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