Daniel returns home to his lover Leanne after a stint in jail. Their reunion is visceral, intimate and genuinely affecting. Initially determined to make good, Daniel is haunted by dark premonitions and a deep, fathomless fear of himself.
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Blurring the line between drama and documentary, Courtin-Wilson has crafted a brutal yet surprisingly tender work of art. Hail is a tragic, emotionally rich look at a man living in denial, held hostage by his own self-sabotage, anger and repetitive patterns. It begs the question.. which comes first? mental illness or social conditioning/circumstance. Superb performances, photography and score. 4 stars
The first half of ‘Hail’ is rendered remarkable by the staggering performances of Daniel P Jones and Leanne Letch and their heartrending portrayal of a relationship between two deeply vulnerable people. Alas, this potent substance is replaced by largely unimpressive style; the jittery camerawork and extreme close-ups - whilst initially effective - ultimately blunting the full force of Jones’ flawless performance.
I liked how danny's pain is represented through sound and visual distortion. Overall beautifully shot. The main characters and the combination of love and pain in their lives have reminded me very much of Roberto Minervini's Louisiana - The Other Side.