Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a murdering family this is.
On her thy falter and smother
By Miranda Inganni
Real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill star in this delightfully, dark British International Showcase entry as a familial duo recently released from prison in director Ben Wheatley’s feature film debut.
Backed by a soundtrack of folk music and experimental soundscapes, Bill and Karl (father Hill and son, respectively), with help from Mum, Maggie (Julia Deakin), feverishly try to figure out who the police informant of their crew might be, as they struggle to maintain their control of their illegal operations.
Taking matters into their own potentially mistaken hands, the more paranoia sets in the more bodies pile up --– perhaps, in part, due to the drugs the family consumes.
This comedy of errors filled with gallows humor and effervescent tablets (a la Alka-Seltzer), pits brother against sister, fiancé against in-laws, family friend against family and, ultimately, parents against son. Yet the family tradition lives on long after most of the family is wrapped and stored in the ground for good.
(Down Terrace screens June 19, 4 p.m., Regal Cinemas; June 24, 10:15 p.m., Regal Cinemas.)