Blu-Ray Rating: **

Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

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Despite the limitations of this film, which suffers from problems common in first features, it showcases some impressive work, and the Blu-ray will be interesting to look back on in future if the careers of those involved take off. The director's commentary is very much a reflection on first-time feature filmmaking, and opens with a declaration that creating this was a gruelling experience.

Damian Mc Carthy, who also wrote, provides a lot of insights which might be useful to others at that stage in their careers, and really throws himself into the process of talking non-stop for an hour and half, which is a lot harder than viewers might appreciate. The producer's commentary is much more hesitant, and less successful, and one is left wondering if it might not have been better to combine the two.

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The only other special feature is here is a series of storyboards presented alongside the scenes they go with. Watching these makes it clear just how quickly the action on set slipped out of step with what had been drafted, which may account for some of the moments when people or objects find themselves in physical positions which don't make sense. These may be of interest to people with a technical focus on filmmaking but it's difficult to see what they really offer to the general viewer.

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2022
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An amnesiac drifter accepts a strange job from his old landlord: to look after his niece, a psychologically troubled woman living in an abandoned house on an isolated island.

Product Code: B09MMVBG8P

Region: 0

Extras: Writer/director commentary, producer commentary, storyboards

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