TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE LEVELLING (UK 2016) ****

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Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

the_levelling_poster.jpgTHE LEVELLING (UK 2016) ****
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Starring: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Review by Gilbert Seah

Writer/director Leach’s debut feature is a meticulously executed piece proving her a new force to be reckoned with. Leach does marvellously with her material while eliciting almost perfect performances from her two leads.

The script balances both characters and none are totally in the right or wrong. Clover (Ellie Kendrick), the film’s clearheaded young protagonist, comes home to Somerset after learning that her younger brother Harry has committed suicide. There she is met by her sullen father, Aubrey (David Troughton), a brooding hulk of a man whose past woes have derailed his life.

Quiet and dour, wishing never…

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