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Shell (2012)

The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place.

Director:

Scott Graham

Writer:

Scott Graham
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chloe Pirrie ... Shell
Michael Smiley ... Hugh
Joseph Mawle ... Pete
Iain De Caestecker ... Adam
Paul Thomas Hickey Paul Thomas Hickey ... Robert (as Paul Hickey)
Kate Dickie ... Claire
Morven Christie ... Young Mother
Milla Gibson Milla Gibson ... Daughter
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Trucker
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The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place. The Scottish Scott Graham in the feature film debut with an adaptation of his short Shell, winner of the London Short Film Festival. His next short film, Native Son, was released in the Critics' Week in Cannes in 2010. Written by Sddq.Shahid

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Шелл See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Although set at a remote gas station, the title does not refer to the petrol company but to adolescent lead. See more »

Quotes

Robert: Shell? Like the petrol station?
Shell: Shell, like the unique and beautiful thing you find in the sea.
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Connections

Remake of Shell (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk of Life
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Mercury UK
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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The north end of anywhere
16 November 2014 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

There are still places in the far north west of Scotland where you can drive for miles and scarcely see a house, with vast uninhabited moors between the roads, but for the most part, life in these parts is a story of small, remote communities that are communities nonetheless. Scott Graham's film takes us to lonelier place, however, the story of a young woman living an unhealthily close life with her needy, epileptic father: this might not be a normal life even in the highlands, but this a certainly a place where the daily practice of separation from others could lead to emotional isolation. The film follows the maxim of "show don't tell", which is often a good one; but here we only see a bleak portrait of empty lives, with exemplary incidents but little narrative: it's almost impossible to judge anyone as "good", "bad", or even "likeable" this far outside the normal physical and moral terrain. It's not an awful film, but a dash of something - humour, plot, malice - would not have gone amiss.


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