Shell

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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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Critic Reviews for Shell

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2)

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

    March 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

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

    March 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A decent effort and director Scott Graham is one to watch, but this is far from a fully formed drama.

    March 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Shell' never fully comes to life. And while Pirrie is brilliant, at 25, I didn't buy her as a teenager.

    March 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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