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The Survivalist (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 12 February 2016 (UK)
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In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.

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Stephen Fingleton
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Mia Goth ... Milja
Olwen Fouéré ... Kathryn (as Olwen Fouere)
Barry Ward ... Forager
Martin McCann ... Survivalist
Andrew Simpson ... Gaunt Man
Ryan McParland ... Crossbow Raider
Douglas Russell ... The Snatcher
Ciaran Flynn Ciaran Flynn ... Watchman
Kieri Kennedy ... The woman in the photograph
Michael Og Lane Michael Og Lane ... Raider
Hussina Raja Hussina Raja ... Watchwoman
Sean Doupe Sean Doupe ... Raider
Jeremy Martin Jeremy Martin ... Raider
Caitlin Deeds Caitlin Deeds ... Settler Woman
Aran Downey Aran Downey ... Raider
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In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life. Written by Bulldog Distribution Limited

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Survivalist See more »

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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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There is no dialogue until 17:05 in the movie See more »

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Around 36 min into the film 'the survivalist', Milja and Kathryn are working in the garden. While filming Kathryn you can see clearly a (young) woman walking in the take wearing a red coat. See more »

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[first lines]
Kathryn: [appearing outside his shack] My name is Kathryn. And this is my daughter Milja. Would you be able to spare some of your crop?
Survivalist: [no]
Kathryn: We can offer something in exchange.
[shows seeds]
Kathryn: A real treasure, then. We have legumes, rusticas, strong varieties. These could boost your yield.
[tosses over a package of seeds]
Kathryn: Surely you can spare something. There's more than enough.
Survivalist: That's what they all thought.
Kathryn: Well, then perhaps... Perhaps, we could stay the night.
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Follows Magpie (2014) See more »

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Surviving - but alone
12 March 2016 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

Some unknown disaster has struck the planet causing a severe food shortage, it's every man for himself. The title character is held up all on his own in the woods, subsiding on the meagre scraps he can grow and repels anyone who encroaches on his land.

Then a woman and her, rather plain looking daughter, show up asking to trade. The Survivalist, devoid of all human contact apart from the marauders he kills, cannot resist the pull of some female companionship.

This film has a very small stage, concentrating entirely on the three central characters. Dialogue is minimal but affective, the Survivalist is especially grumpy and non-communicative.

There is a lot of nudity, expect dong shots and people washing their bits in the river and some very grubby sex scenes.

The scope of the story is small but the stakes for the characters are high. It has a poke around at desperation and necessity. Would you pimp your daughter out for a bowl of soup? I suppose it depends how hungry you are.

Well made, well acted, small budget but clever lighting makes it look gritty rather than cheap.

A very good, low octane watch.


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