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Set in North London, 'Still' is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about the violent disintegration of a man and father. Tom Carver (Aidan Gillen) is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossroad in his life, thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son a year earlier. He becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang after a seemingly harmless collision with a young kid. As the feud becomes more horrifying, Carver's world starts to unravel forcing him to make decisions that will change his life forever.Written by
This film treats you like an adult, powerful depiction of how easy it is to lose a grip on reality given the wrong circumstances.
First to declare a conflict of interest, I have invested in this film because I saw the original play 10 or more years before and left the theatre awestruck (still have the programme). It is 10 times better on the big screen. It was made on a ridiculously small budget but watching it you would never know, it was made by a cast and crew who knew it was a film that, given a chance, would stand out with money given with belief that this is special. It starts claustrophobic and an event of injustice maybe an inevitability as a series of meetings, conversations and events take place but throughout there is the understated complexity of what it is like to be human. Real people making choices, some good, some bad, presented so the audience can understand, empathise, be frustrated and care. It is gripping. The performances all do the film justice, in particular the women and the two male leads (Aiden Gillen excelled). Watch with a few friends, I guarantee you will disagree on why which character did what when they did and you will want to watch it again (just to check you were right, but maybe you weren't?)
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