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The ambitions are there in Rønde's film and are exciting to witness, as is the evocative imagery. But "Bridgend" feels imbalanced.
A stylishly shot, eerily scored and moodily acted film that wants for nothing but a plot. Depending on how you like your movies, this is either a walkout or a must-see.
The main reason to see the film is Game of Thrones' Hannah Murray, who plays the new girl in town trying to fit in with and make sense of the inarticulately troubled youths who are taking their own lives.
This is no horror movie, though it does have a hell of a haunting finish.
An unimaginable reality is brought to the brink of clarity -- only to plunge right back into a psychological abyss -- in Danish helmer Jeppe Ronde's potent, pain-ridden Bridgend.
The basic premise stretches credulity from the off.
Bridgend is ... a hollow, empty and predominantly cold film, but it is open for debate as to whether this is the result of a filmmaking flaw or - as is more likely - a deliberate strategy.
Coming of age in a town with no hope for the future, Bridgend is a sensitive exploration of natural adolescent confusion, romanticism, and sadness.
Rønde shot the film on location "in the Valleys" of rural Wales and the atmosphere of the landscape pervades the film; gloomy and isolated and swallowed up in fog, it is beautiful but lonely ...
Much like his actual investigation into the topic, [Rønde's] Brigend is well-intentioned but empty and irresolute.
While [director Jeppe Rønde's] preference for mood over plot occasionally results in repetition, the film [...] casts an eerie, increasingly nightmarish spell.
Bridgend, with its dark-blue-hued cinematography and murky music, is all foreboding atmosphere.
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