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March 23, 2016

Upon solicitation, I recently saw the trailer for a Porthos Films release and felt compelled to share.  Take a look…

After a botched art heist in France, a group of friends are left with a body on their hands and the gendarme hot on their trail. They hide the body and make plans to sell the painting and return home. But as they wait for the chance to escape from their secluded holiday home, they soon realise the body has gone missing. Paranoia and fear sets in and the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon it is clear there’s a killer in the house and the group must figure out who is responsible before they all suffer the consequences.

This British film was produced Luke White and Ed White, written by Emmy award winner Rosy Deacon (Shards), and stars Ollie Barbieri (Skins, Anuvahood), Klariza Clayton (Skins, Harry Brown) and Scott Chambers (Chicken, The Hippopotamus), as well as debut performances from Sabrina Hansen and Nicholas Bourne. It was shot in just two weeks on location in Normandy, France.


Upon viewing the trailer I’d never had suspected it was filmed on such a tight timeline.  The production value keeps this from looking cheap, despite the fact that I’m unfamiliar with the filmmakers and cast.  That said, this is clearly an indie–but a well-manicured one.  It lacks the “rough” edges and untrained appearance of most indie submissions I receive.  Lending more to its promise is that the editing and acting are befitting of a reputable film.  It doesn’t appear to be rich in effects or gore, but that doesn’t appear to be its style.  This strikes me as more of a thriller.  And while that might not be my cup of tea, it should appeal to others.

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