Beautiful, subtle, silent, bleak - Shell is considerably unnerving, without feeling forced or awkward. Wonderful performances carry the slowly paced, isolated drama across the empty, expanding landscapes of rural Scotland. Echoes of "The Ballad of Jack and Rose", the drama is quiet and smouldering - the characters are lost and desperately seeking guidance. A great little independent feature.
Beautiful and haunting film. Ironic how the sweeping landscapes of the Highlands can make you feel so claustrophobic: Shell (Chloe Pirrie) is trapped in that beautiful landscape and we’re trapped with her. What always works for me in film is when nothing much seems to happen, which allows you to comfortably settle in contemplation, until you realise that there’s a lot brewing underneath that smooth surface.