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Shell (2013)


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In a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, a father and daughter live and work at a small petrol station. They spend their days tending to domestic chores and to the needs of rare passing motorists. At night they are forced together by the cold and by their loneliness.



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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2)

'Shell' never fully comes to life. And while Pirrie is brilliant, at 25, I didn't buy her as a teenager.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The deer-skinning scene will have everyone worshipping their supermarket packets more than ever.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

With a remarkably vivid sense of life in rural Scotland, this tightly contained drama is an impressive debut for writer-director Graham.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

This is a sensitive and intelligent film but so slow-burning that sometimes it seems to stop dead in its tracks.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A sensitive, unflinching exploration of bleak lives Shell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice in British cinema and a striking young performer in Chloe Pirrie.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A hushed and haunting coming-of-age drama, pungently played out in the remote Scottish highlands, where the wind boings off the microphone and passing lorries set the crockery rattling.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

[A] strange and poignant film, in which tragedy grows from smallest seeds of foible and foreboding.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Shell, the captivating debut from the young Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham, finds claustrophobia in the widest-open landscape, and isolation in the closest-knit relationship.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A decent effort and director Scott Graham is one to watch, but this is far from a fully formed drama.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A father and daughter run a petrol station in the Highlands, but their relationship is fuelled by something more unsettling, in Scott Graham's promising feature debut.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Scott Graham's haunting, minimalist debut grips from the outset with startling photography and an attention-grabbing turn from newbie actress Chloe Pirrie.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's refreshing to see a British film in which place and character are so entwined.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Scott Graham's excellent debut feature is a triumph, a film which troubles the mind for days after viewing.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Perhaps it's appropriate to a degree given the film's desolate and unpopulated setting, but there isn't quite enough content here to fill out feature length.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Scott Graham's striking debut oozes atmosphere and is well worth the slow-burn.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Engaging and intense coming-of-age drama that marks out both actress Chloe Pirrie and writer-director Scott Graham as future British talents to watch.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Shell is an excellent film with some truly fantastic performances.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Isolation rules and comfort is cold in Scott Graham's gripping and emotionally tense feature debut.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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