Stark visually, bleak in tone, and heavy in subject matter — Tim Roth (debut as a director, obviously a very talented and accomplished actor) follows in the proud British tradition of Davies, Loach and Mike Leigh—debut year – 1999—similar to Lynn Ramsay’s Ratcatcher (which is superior) as well
Two first-time younger actors are anchored by Tilda Swinton and Ray Winstone. The daughter- Lara Belmont is good—but the Tom character- Freddie Cunliffe needs a better actor here
The boy, Tom, is a peeper (insert GIF of Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Talented Mr. Ripley– haha)
A young Colin Farrell here in a few scenes two years before his breakout in The Minority Report
Roth gets good performances from the cast but his singularly greatest achievement is the choice of the two main settings—he chooses a house in the country shot in complete isolation—along with a lookout war shelter box, also, in isolation on a cliff. These are statements by Roth—great choices and great form.
Subject matter incest—very tough scenes to watch. Beyond that there is psychological detail here in how comfortable this family is around each other’s nakedness.
Recommend but doesn’t come terribly close to the top 10 of 1999