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Frank (Ray Winstone) is confined to a residential home, stricken with Alzheimer's - past, present and future steadily disintegrating. Then one day, James (Jim Sturgess) appears, wanting to ... See full summary »

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Paul Viragh (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Luke Evans ... JB
Jodie Whittaker ... Ruth
Jim Sturgess ... James
Ray Winstone ... Frank
Lesley Manville ... Cath
Zoe Telford ... Sophie
Alistair Petrie ... Dr. Burrows
Kellie Bright ... Lisa
Chris Coghill ... Security Guard
Stephen Wight ... Lee, Service Station Manager
Ellen Thomas ... Susie
Bhasker Patel ... Angry Patient
Ann Queensberry ... Martha
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Nurse Rita Yap
Marcus Cunningham Marcus Cunningham ... Policeman
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Frank (Ray Winstone) is confined to a residential home, stricken with Alzheimer's - past, present and future steadily disintegrating. Then one day, James (Jim Sturgess) appears, wanting to re-connect with a father who no longer knows him. James springs Frank from the home and the pair go on the run. As their haphazard journey unfolds - funny, violent and tragic by turns - the present merges with imperfect memories of the past and fact with fiction and we begin to realize that nothing is quite what it seems. ASHES itself defies neat categorization; part road movie, part psychological thriller; part contemporary film noir, but all beautifully shot and with a grimly satisfying twist. Written by Greg (from the DVD jacket)

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23 January 2014 (South Korea) See more »

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Isle of Man

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Excellent drama-thriller about Alzheimer's
8 June 2014 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

This is an unusual film that straddles a few genres. It's filmed on a relatively small budget but as so often is the case outperforms films with much higher budget.

Ray Winstone is an interesting and charismatic actor and he does a great job in this as a man suffering from the crippling effects of Alzheimer's. Jim Sturgess provides excellent support as his seemingly concerned son.

The film can get quite confusing as it switches from drama to thriller and back again but this is to be applauded. You never quite know where it is heading and that makes a pleasant change from many predictable films in these genres. There are moments of real emotion and some nice twists of plot.

This is a well directed and acted British film and is highly recommended.


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