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There's plenty to enjoy in the absurd quirkiness of 'Up There' but, as an elongated adaptation of Salim's own short film, its pleasures do start to wear thin.
One of the best Scottish comedies since the heyday of Bill Forsyth.
Zam Salim's wry, dry dramedy envisions purgatory as a grindingly slow bureaucracy.
It is no surprise to learn that this is an expanded version of a short film, as it ultimately feels like a simple, solid idea that's been stretched thin.
It runs out of steam very early on but should be compulsory viewing for would-be suicide bombers who think they're going to be living in a paradise populated by beautiful virgins.
I had the nagging sense it might have been better as a short. Lo and behold, it turns out to have been one ...
[A] bleakly bitter and super sly black comedy... Burn Gorman is poignant and very funny, in the driest sort of way...
Quirky and original, Up There feels more like an East German comedy from the Sixties than anything typically British but that is a big part of its charm.
It's thoroughly original, which nowadays counts for a lot.
Salim's film is good-looking and proficient; but there is not quite enough here to sustain interest.
Great writing and direction from Zam Salim, and a charismatic lead turn from Burn Gorman. A fine debut.
An offbeat road movie that puts an entertainingly morbid spin on the value of learning to appreciate one's situation - however miserable it might at first seem.
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