For Those In Peril (2014)
Critic Consensus: Gentle, deeply felt, and strikingly original, For Those in Peril serves as a powerful calling card for first-time writer-director Paul Wright.
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The film's finale is wild and daring and so perfectly executed that it marks Wright as one of the film year's most audacious new voices.
The haunting and powerful psychodrama "For Those in Peril" marks an auspicious feature debut for its visionary writer-director, Paul Wright.
Wright's strongest achievement here is an evocative depiction of place, where young teens flee from adult supervision and danger lies in wait.
For Those in Peril is a strikingly original feature debut from the 31-year-old Scottish writer-director Paul Wright that resists simple categorization.
As a portrait of encroaching mental illness, For Those in Peril works superbly.
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There's no way a debut has any right to be this good in nearly every respect. The visceral direction, cinematography, editing and sound design all reminded me of Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color'. This has a lot more menace to it. Paul Wright takes you inside the head-space of an outsider who is suddenly even more so, coping with loss in an increasingly self-destructive way. The surrealism of marching in a parade as Death, or igniting that red flare in the room are burned into my mind in vivid detail. The ending. It can be looked at in many ways. To me, it's an afterlife of sorts, where the boy enters the beast after he has lost (through death, being separated when sent to a mental home, a lost chance of love) everyone to be reunited with them, mirroring the fable we hear. It's the kind of emotionally rewarding, yet ambiguous ending that screams "FUCK YEAH!" I had the same reaction to 'Take Shelter'. I absolutely adored it. Haunting, assured filmmaking.
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