Laila, a girl on the run from her family is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night.
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This thriller is given an artistic treatment, with a palate of pastels that contrast with the darkness of the story's bleak mood. Sameena Jabeen Ahmed absolutely nails her role as a young woman on the worst, potentially last, night of her life.
A far cry from the "modern Western" the filmmakers pompously describe, but it was not wholly disappointing. The cinematography was the high point, and the original score was haunting. Performances were great, Gary and Barry in particular, while most characters were so reprehensible you didn't care an iota whether they lived or died. Stark and bleak, without compassion - a hip, juvenile take on a serious issue.
Nothing good came of this film. Scaremongering Daily Mail readers & glorifying Patti Smith to a girl who culturally (be it Pakistani or English) wouldn't AT ALL be listening to her. Bleakly depicting the north of England with a Dazed & Confused mag filter worked (although too much in vogue) but the film, if you're accustomed to UK exploitation cinema was predictable & arched towards Shane Meadows' territory. Nasty. D
More ROMEO & JULIET than SAILOR & LULA. The young couple AARON & LAILA must run their deadly race. Neo-noir true thriller, awsome sound track & music score. Dark & desperate. Will haunt many. ==== Plus ROMEO & JULIET que SAILOR & LULA. Le jeune couple AARON et LAILA doivent mener leur course mortelle. Neo-noir, vrai thriller, musique & bande son impressionnante. Sombre & désespéré. Va en hanter plus d'un.
Sameena Ahmed does such a breathtaking performance - for me, she is what makes this film so palpably real and tense, to the very last moment. The open ending leaves you hanging in the dark for the minute or two before you see the credits rolling. And "Land" playing, as they danced in a brief moment of innocence, foreshadowing the horror through Patti Smith's lyrics.
Truly gripping film. The Daniels don't give all the answers. Some words said by the characters partly lift the veil, but the mystery is what makes this film so tense. Some may find the questions the conclusion leaves untouched should've been answered. But when you think about it, it's a conclusion with more answers than the eye alone can see.
Initially threatening its stoned stupor with a violence that feels justified by the juxtapose of style and miserabilism, it then takes a little adjusting to register this as a tense as hell chase film. And then again as a punishing drama that wants commentary and genre. Reminds me of films I liked as a teen like 'London to Brighton' but I'm out of the market. Stylish, but cheap subject + pay-off, no takeaways.