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Sightseers

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At first Father Ted cute, but then League Of Gentlemen cruel – this is a dark little delight.

Total Film

Ben (Kill List) Wheatley’s dazzling and disturbing film is the toast of this year’s major film festivals and should be on your must see list of 2012. This blackly comic story follows Tina and Chris, a sad-sack couple who head off on a rainy caravanning holiday together across the Midlands and Yorkshire. Antagonised by litter louts, full caravan sites and noisy teenagers, the pair snap and go on a bloody killing spree, wreaking havoc over the dales and assorted beauty spots as they go. Chock full of laughs alongside the shocks, Sightseers may well be one of the most violent films you’ll see this year, but it’ll also be one of the funniest, led along by a fantastic script and two brilliant and sympathetic performances from Steve Oram (Kill List) and Alice Lowe (Hot Fuzz).

Director(s): Ben Wheatley   Country of Origin: United Kingdom  Year: 2012   Running Time: 1hr 28 mins  
BBFC Advice: 15 No children under 15 may watch this film.  

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Brian Thompson said...

I agree with Film Club, a very black comedy, but with the audience I was with chuckles rather than belly laughs, maybe it touches a nerve in all of us who have been annoyed and wound up by another individuals behaviour but in this it is taken to it's ultimate conclusion. I liked the odd ball surreal touches particularly the small scene in Cumbria Pencil Museum, there is even a touch of the occult (Kill List) in the film. I thought coming out, having seen the preview trailer a few times, I had seen the film! Good but not great.

2 years ago


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Film Club said...

This dark and yet funny black comedy split the film group straight down the middle!

Half of those who had seen it thought that it got off to a good start and then literally ran out of steam the other half thought it was a refreshing, funny black comedy.

The two main characters were drawn to each other by circumstances surrounding their dull, sad and lonely lives. Chris (Steve Osram) has recently been made redundant and Tina (Alice Lowe) looks after a demanding mother who constantly pretends to be ill to keep her close by. She has also never forgiven Tina for the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the death of their pet dog Poppy a fact she will not let Tina forget.

Chris and Tina decide to go off in his caravan for a week, taking in the beauty spots of Derbyshire, Yorkshire and our beloved Lake District. Tina’s mother tries to persuade her not to go, saying that “people get up to strange things in caravans.

But the brave Tina decides to go off with Chris anyway and it all sounds great until they come across the first person to annoy Chris, so he kills him. Many more people annoy him along the way and he kills them too. (Nuts in May but with added Violence). Tina who gets turned on by all this enters in the killing spree, takes her own victims and eventually becomes as psychopathic if not more so than Chris. It all ends badly on the Ribble Valley Viaduct with a sort of Thelma and Louise moment – but not quite!

Ben Wheatley’s attention to detail about what annoys us as individuals and causes us to snap is brilliant – thankfully our taboos and self control prevent us from going on to kill people. This was a very dark, and for some a very funny British comedy.

2 years ago

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