classified 15

Please note: This was screened in Sept 2021

Cathy Brady
Nika McGuigan, Nora-Jane Noone, Helen Behan, Joanne Crawford, Aiste Gramantaite, David Pearse, Martin McCann
84 mins, 2020, UK, Ireland
Primary language

When a missing woman returns to her hometown, it re-ignites an intense bond with her sister and sends shockwaves through the community.

Kelly (Nika McGuigan) was missing, believed dead, but now she’s back and the whole town is talking. Angry and confused, her sister Lauren (Nora-Jane Noone) takes her in but finds herself increasingly torn between family loyalty and damage limitation: Kelly is unpredictable and the spectre of mental illness that dogged their late mother hangs thick in the air. As their bond intensifies, historic resentments give way to a shared need to confront the events that scarred them as children, and they soon find themselves on a collision course with everyone around them…

This debut from director Cathy Brady is a masterclass in unease and an extraordinary depiction of sisterly bonds and shared trauma.