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Y Llyfrgell (2016)

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At a national library in Wales, a dead author and her demons may be behind some mysterious occurrences affecting the library's staff.

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Dyfan Dwyfor ... Dan
Carwyn Glyn ... Glyn
... Elena
... Ana / Nan
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At a national library in Wales, a dead author and her demons may be behind some mysterious occurrences affecting the library's staff.

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17 June 2016 (UK)  »

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The film's Welsh title, "Y Llyfrgell" (The Library), is the same as that of the original novel on which the film is based. The Welsh word llyfrgell literally means "book cell". Fflur Dafydd (the author of the novel and scriptwriter of the film) has explained how - that resonance being absent from the English word "library" - the film's producers took the decision to use the longer title "The Library Suicides" when referring to the film in English. See more »

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Enjoyable, unique story with superb acting
19 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at the start of an international film festival programme, and booked it after watching the trailer and becoming intrigued about how the story unfolded. I don't want to share too much because part of the pleasure of watching it was not knowing very much about the key plot lines - suffice to say that it's about a handful of people working in the National Library of Wales, and the work/archive of one of Wales' greatest writers after she's died - and the demons and lives affected by it after she's gone. It's a very unique little story, with excellent acting (the story is mostly on the shoulders of one female lead actor, with great support from the surrounding actors). Our showing had the director introduce it beforehand, where he tried to get the audience to pronounce the Welsh title, and said he has a background in TV production. You can tell because the movie's pacing is particularly good - basically it's a mix of being a thriller as the story unfolds, into more of a focus on drama as we get to care about the characters towards the end. There are also a fair few dark comedy moments in it. My partner remarked after the viewing that it reminded him of a few of the darker nordic movies he's watched before, but I'm struggling to come up with names to give examples here. Anyway, an excellent movie, really glad we added it into our film festival plans!


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