The Flood

2019

The Flood

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Imperfect yet ultimately honorable, The Flood takes an empathetic look at the plight of asylum seekers in the 21st century.

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Wendy (Lena Headey), a hardened immigration officer is offered a high-profile asylum case, judged on her ability to quickly and clinically reject applicants. Through her interrogation, she must uncover whether Haile (Ivanno Jeremiah) is lying and has a more sinister reason for seeking asylum. We follow Haile on his perilous 5000 KM journey over oceans, across borders, and amidst the flurry of the Calais Jungle to find solace and safety in the UK. But now he must cross the final hurdle.

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Critic Reviews for The Flood

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  • The back-and-forth structure is sometimes monotonous, and Wendy's problems take too much focus, but there are specifics that linger.

    May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hot-button subject matter proves surprisingly less than compelling in Anthony Woodley's The Flood, a film about a British immigration officer interviewing a high-profile detainee.

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "The Flood" makes a somewhat underwhelming first impression. But it gradually overcomes that to arrive at a potent (if still quiet) cumulative impact...

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Written by Helen Kingston and directed by Anthony Woodley, the film is well-intentioned and rooted in harrowing real-life stories. Unfortunately, it's made in the style of British television, with cinematic clichés that telegraph outcomes.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A careful, studied portrait of one of the most incendiary topics of modern politics.

    July 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Anthony Woodley... this is a resolutely earthbound story, dedicated to the 70 million displaced people around the world, but rarely preachy, and with just enough humanity peeping through the bleakness.

    June 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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