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quietearth [Celluloid 12.10.08] movie news drama

I've repeatedly run into this film, and while intrigued by the storyline, it didn't strike my fancy, that is until yesterday. Some films are like that, very slow to pique your interest. The Road to Nod was one, and it ended up being in my top 5 favorite films of 2008. This looks to be no exception, a slow drama with possible hints of psychological thriller, it follows a girl whose intentions are unclear and looks to be beautifully shot.

An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to ‘play’ Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy’s last known movements. Joy had everything. A loving family, a boyfriend, a bright future. Helen, parentless, has lived in institutions all her life and has never been close to anyone. Gradually Helen begins to immerse herself into the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl’s life. But is Helen trying to find out what happened to Joy that day, or is she searching for her own identity?

This is out of the UK and the feature debut from Jow Lawlor, and while there is no trailer yet, two quiescent clips are available on the official website under card #2.

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