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The improvised dialogue and use of non-professionals allows for a liberated, impulsive feel, which Sheridan apparently finessed by sending her main players away to a house for a week, to acclimate to one another while working on improv exercises. But as often happens, increasingly complicated plot machinations spoil the simple beauty of it's fundamental premise, and Dollhouse gets harder to take seriously as it becomes more outlandish.
When a gang of working class Dublin teens break into a plush suburban home, they discover it's the former home of Kerslake, a middle class girl who we learn ran away from home a year previous. As a night of debauchery unfolds, it becomes evident she is with-holding another secret. After 'Charlie Casanova', it seemed Irish cinema had hit a low. Now, thanks to Sheridan's latest feature, it's got some company at the bottom of the barrel. The only thing to distinguish 'Dollhouse' from the aforementioned film is the semi-professionalism on display here. The acting is quite good with the young performers convincing us of their working class origins. The camerawork is slightly above average for an Irish feature. All the problem's lie with Sheridan's script. There's really no story here so unless you enjoy watching unlikable teens smash up a home and shout insults at one another, there's nothing to engage you. After the screening I was shocked to see the running time had only been 95 minutes as it felt twice as long. 'Dollhouse' is a gruelling experience and yet another national embarrassment for us Irish cinema lovers. How did it get made? Sheridan is the daughter of none other than acclaimed Irish film-maker Jim, that's how!
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