Review: Shell

(Scott Graham, 2012)

Competing in the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival is Scott Graham’s assured and quietly devastating film Shell, which takes minimalism to tender and shatteringly nuanced extremes. Chloe Pirrie, a great new talent, plays Shell, a 17-year-old woman who lives and works at a petrol station in the desolate Scottish Highlands. With only her reserved and softly spoken father for company, Shell lives out a discreet day-to-day life, welcoming infrequent passers by and conversing with the occasional regular customers, all the while doting on her introverted father, Pete (Joseph Mawle). (Continue reading here)

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