"Colmán Sharkey" (a strong performance from Dónall Ó Héalai) lives peaceably with his wife and young son on the West Coast of Ireland. They live a pretty subsistence existence, supplementing their basic potato farming with some fishing and a thriving little poteen business. Their livelihoods become doubly blighted, however, upon the arrival of "Patsy" (Dara Devaney) - a naval deserter; and with the bug that ruins their crops. It's at this point they get a visit from the agents for the English landlord to collect the rents, so "Colmán" decides they ought to go visit the man - with whom he is on fairly reasonable terms - to renegotiate the proposed increases. It is at this meeting that "Patsy" goes a bit off piste, and carnage ensues. The film now jumps forward a few years and we find "Colmán" sleeping in a cave, living a solitary existence, surviving on fish and there is no sign of his family. What happened to him in the intervening years is relayed to us via his gradual adoption of the abandoned "Kitty" (Saise Ní Chuinn) and their struggle for survival. The story is actually pretty poignant at the beginning, and the first half hour offers us an insight into just how hand-to-mouth their lives were in the mid-19th century, but that potency falls away as we are presented with some beautiful, but rather repetitive scenery and scenes in his boat - and the pace becomes just a little too depressed. The imagery is gorgeous, sometimes bleak, and the audio is really effective too - the constant wind howling, the sea lapping - it all contributes hugely to this sensual feast of a film. The ending is too rushed, and that's a shame - but this film is still pretty stunning to look at and to listen too; though maybe a little more meat on the bones of the characterisations wouldn't have gone amiss. Try to see it on a big screen if you can.