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Director: John Jencks.
Starring: Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine. UK 2017. 89 mins.
After he is fired from his job, disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Allam) is summoned to Swafford Hall, the country manor of his friends Lord and Lady Logan (Modine and Shaw), to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, fifteen-year-old David Logan (Tommy Knight), whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son’s gift with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment. His natural cynicism makes him the ideal candidate to get to the bottom of events – and some good whisky bottles – in this hilarious tale based on Stephen Fry’s seminal novel.
Anselmo, a middle-aged shepherd, lives a poor but happy life in a small, run down house in the middle of the Spanish plains, near a small, but growing village. His dog Pillo and his sheep are his only company. A life bucolic enough for him to ignore the offers he receives from a construction company who wants to buy his house and land to build a new residential complex.
Conflicting against Anselmo’s unwillingness to sell is Julian and Paco’s greed, the owners of the neighbouring lands, who only answer to their own interests. A bloody metaphor of the greed that corrodes those who do not answer to reason in their quest to get what they want, and the inevitable, but violent consequences of their actions.
“AS STRIKING AS THE WILD AMERICAN LANDSCAPES OF “THE SEARCHERS”..,.
THE ENDING HAS A FLOURISH JOHN FORD MIGHT HAVE BEEN PROUD OF”
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