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Joel Coen United States, 1984

Charlie Douglas-Hamilton's rating of the film Blood Simple

Potentially the perfect Hollywood debut. The Coen Brothers use their limited budget and create so much more: three main locations and some exteriors are utilised ingeniously to great effect. Great performances and a sickeningly believable descent into unintended murder through misunderstanding. Also some fantastic shots, especially during the climax's use of light. Feels like a blueprint for much of their later work.