Scott Graham's award-winning Highland drama, starring Chloe Pirrie as a teenager who works at a remote petrol station
On Film4: 4 Aug 11:05PM
Preminger wears a liberal heart on his sleeve and then blows his nose on it as heavy-handed sentimentality and nobility dominate this story of rich white folks trying to steal land from poor black folks. It's set in Deep South 'Jow-jaawh' (Georgia, to the uninitiated) in the mid-40s when the irredeemably unpleasant white landowners are trying to take away the farm of an ineffably good black man.
God, sex, class, guilt, moralizing and Negro spirituals are all thrown into the stew, and you'll come away feeling that although it's worthy in its ideals, it could have done with a touch less overblown melodrama.
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