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 (4) | 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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  • A decent effort and director Scott Graham is one to watch, but this is far from a fully formed drama.

    Mar 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.

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

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • More than just a mere calling card for rising talents Graham and Pirrie, Shell firmly lays down the gauntlet for British indie debut features to come.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A bleak tale but Pirrie is terrific, turning in a performance that is as fragile as her namesake, with Mawle memorable as the dad living in the past.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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