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Wreckers out on limited release from today (Friday 16 December)
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Photo credit: http://www.spotlight.com/news/archive/2011/10/20/cast-via-spotlight-london-film-festival-special.aspx

Wreckers is now screening at Curzon Soho, Manchester Cornerhouse and Curzon HMV Wimbledon. If you can't get to one of these cinemas, you can access it on Curzon on Demand (UK only).

Cut and pasted from the Artificial Eye website:

WRECKERS is the beguiling debut film from D R Hood and features stand out performances from some of the best British acting talent working today including Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and Shaun Evans.

A married couple (Cumberbatch, Foy) move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband's brother (Evans) ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple's relationship.

WRECKERS is an evocative, beautifully shot drama that examines the fragile relationship between truth, intimacy and betrayal.

For all the details on the film, follow the link:
http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers

Raks's Review



Photo credit: http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers&images

I saw Wreckers as part of the London Film Festival. To cut to the chase, I fell in love with the film. The title credits rolled and I immediately wanted to see the film again to take in all the subtleties and the nuances in the acting, the direction, and the film-making generally. It was a truly beautiful and deeply moving film.

This film, like all great films, will obviously mean different things to different people and speak to different people on different levels. For me personally, the focus of the film was the marriage between Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch), and the relationship between the two brothers, David (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nick (Shaun Evans). I also loved a couple of the underyling themes of the film which questioned how much you can ever truly know another person, even if that person is your partner/spouse, and hidden family secrets (skeletons in the closet always interest me!).

I thought that the portrayal of the marriage by both Claire and Benedict was very convincing. The film is a very intimate portrayal of a marriage, up close and personal, told from the point of view of both the people involved in the relationship. You completely identify with both Dawn and David, you feel for them and you care about them, and you get to know their motivations, their aspirations and their associated insecurities. The infidelity in the film is treated very sympathetically and the film also shows the pain that infidelity causes not just to the person being betrayed but also to the person committing the betrayal.

The relationship between the brothers is shown in all its complexity, and the film leaves many questions ambiguous, in that you are never entirely sure whose version of events is the correct one, if there is a "correct" version at all. I loved the way that David was so protective of, and caring towards, his brother Nick, and I loved the realistic and believable manner in which Shaun conveyed post-traumatic stress syndrome for a soldier and mental health issues generally. His pain and trauma was 100% believable, as was David's care, concern and support.



Photo credit: http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers&images

The emotion that Benedict manages to convey in this piece through his eyes and his face, especially his pain in certain situations, is mind blowing. I loved it!

One strong message that I took away from the film, a message that I really believe in, and a message that is very positive and speaks to my heart, is that if you really and truly love someone, you will want to make them happy and you will do anything to make them happy, regardless of the personal cost to yourself and your ego. David does something truly unselfish in this film (very unusual in a man!) to try and ensure that his wife Dawn is happy and fulfilled.

What I will say, off the back of Third Star and Wreckers, is that I much prefer to see Benedict in small independent British films with a real heart and soul, often with a first time Director whose passion is their first film and telling that particular story, rather than in star-studded big budget Hollywood fare such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TTSS). His performance in these films and in Stuart is on a totally different level to TTSS. His eyes and face mirror his soul in each and every one of these films. I want more like this and less of TTSS please!

I give you a still photo from Wreckers that illustrates what I am saying and where I am coming from - this still image speaks 1000 words!



Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/wreckers-photos/

Highly highly highly recommended.


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Naughty Curzon are charging twice the price to download this film! I'm going to wait until I'm very sure that I'll have time to watch it several times over to get my money's worth... or maybe just wait for a dvd after all. :-/

There's always a catch! Thought it appeared too good to be true.

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