EIFF 2015 – Review: The Incident

EIFF 2015 - Review: The Incident

The Incident is first feature length film from writer/director Jane Linfoot and it tells of how one incident, a moment of madness, can turn your life upside down.

The film centres of Joe (Tom Hughes) and Annabel (Ruth Gedmintas) living an ordered, upper middle class life working ini architecture and fine art. One evening Joe goes off in search of takeaway and happens upon a pizzeria and there in a moment of madness and ultimately weakness he succumbs to the charms of the teenage prostitute Lily (an astounding Tasha Connor) and he tries as best he can to forget that incident but Lily has other plans.

Jane Linfoot provides an astute character study of a young couple not particularly well suited packaged within a taut psychological thriller. Ruth broods in their house in the woods mirroring the brooding Yorkshire landscape around her. All three actors are excellent although at times the film felt too slow and melodic. However, for me the final scene of The Incident made it all worth sitting through just to see that conversation between Annabel and Joe.

The Incident was shown as part of the Best of British selection at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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