by Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 18 August 2011

Not a horror, thriller or romance, but with elements of all three, this is a curious film where an explanation of the theme, characters and setting do nothing to convey the strength of the story. Instead of providing a glossy version of lives and events, with characters full of clever quips and insights, you’re thrown into quiet lives trying to deal with the messy reality of tragic events.

It’s thoughtful storytelling with real power, and fully realised characters that, through their roundness, transcend the need for set-ups and neat endings. There’s a literary festival in Ireland, some great scenery and some supernatural stuff as well.