Shell – DVD review


Scott Graham, 2012


Poor Shell: at 17, life should be opening up for her, yet she’s stuck in a petrol station in one of the bleaker corners of the Scottish Highlands, with only her father and the occasional customer for company.

She’s devoted to her depressive dad, maybe unhealthily so; this and whether she’ll ever break free are the questions driving Scott Graham’s debut feature. It’s beautifully shot, elegantly understated and has fine lead turns but it’s too desolate to ring true. “For God’s sake put the radio on!” I wanted to shout as another dreary supper passed to the accompaniment of a howling wind.

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