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Outlanders (15) 98min ●●● When his father dies, young Pole Adam (Jakub Tolak) sets off to find his older brother Jan, a former football player who was last heard of in England. The journey brings him face to face with the UK itinerant illegal labour market, a Russian girl called Anna (Alexis Raban) and some shocking family secrets. Solid social thriller steeped in interesting polemic, Outlanders is ultimately a little too contrived and predictable for its own good but is still well worth checking out. Written by multi-BAFTA award winning writer Jimmy Gardner (This Life, The Cops, Buried) and directed by Polish film school trained British director Dominic Lees. Cameo, Edinburgh and selected release from Fri 14 Nov.

Blindness (18) 121min ●●● Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of José Saramago’s novel about the impact of a blindness epidemic on a city. Meirelles has reduced the story to the plight of a doctor and his wife (Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore) who are forced quarantine when the doctor loses his sight. Fernando’s stark and flawed attempt at fin de siècle sci-fi certainly has some impressive moments and transcends many of the potential problems of representing blindness and societal meltdown on screen at the same time but the end result is too uneven and suggestively metaphoric to make it as interesting as Alfonso Cuarón’s comparable City of Men. See interview. General release from Fri 21 Nov.

Outlanders

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dominic Lees
  • Cast: Kakub Tolak, Przemyslaw Sadowski, Alexis Raben

When his father dies, young Pole Adam (Tolak) sets off to find his older brother Jan, who was last heard of in England. The journey brings him face to face with the UK's itinerant illegal labour market, a Russian girl called Anna (Raban) and some shocking family secrets. Solid social thriller steeped in interesting polemic.

Blindness

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • Canada/Brazil/Japan
  • 121 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Yoshino Kimura, Alice Braga

Brazilian filmmaker Meirelles' adaptation of José Saramago's novel about the impact of a blindness epidemic on a city. Meirelles has reduced the story to be more about the plight of a doctor and his wife (Ruffalo and Moore) who are forced into quarantine when the doctor loses his sight. Stark and flawed attempt at fin de…

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