Still, film review: Aidan Gillen plays the troubled lead with swagger, self-loathing and self-pity

(15) Simon Blake, 99 mins. Starring: Aidan Gillen Jonathan Slinger, Elodie Yung

Geoffrey Macnab@TheIndyFilm
Friday 08 May 2015 00:19
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Fine performance: Aidan Gillen in Still
Fine performance: Aidan Gillen in Still

Overwrought in parts, the writer-director Simon Blake's drama boasts a fine performance from Aidan Gillen as a grief-stricken photographer still recovering from the death of his teenage son, whose life is spiralling out of control.

After what initially seems to be a trivial misunderstanding, he becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang.

Blake doesn't always seem sure whether he is making a closely focused character study or a thriller but the film, set in north London, is stylishly shot and Gillen plays the troubled lead with a mercurial mix of swagger, self-loathing and self-pity.

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