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Philip Stevens | 2021 | 89 MINS
UK
A mute young woman, Patience, from an isolated community in rural England in 1555, struggles with her controlling brother-in-law and leader, David, who is gradually unravelling after the failure of his idyllic community.

In Detail

The Egyptian Act has been passed, stipulating that all 'gypsies' must vacate England immediately and anyone found aiding them could be executed. In exchange for a fee, David (Emmett J Scanlan) agrees to help an Egyptian family who must stay a month on their land until a ship comes to take them away.

The others in the community tolerate this decision, hoping it could lead them to a more prosperous life. But when Patience (Hannah Douglas) pursues an affair with one of the outsiders (Sebastian De Souza), she is thrust into a violent and vicious psychological battle with David, who sees her actions as a direct rebellion, and a threat to the power he desperately wants to maintain over the community.

This striking and stunning debut feature grapples fiercely with love, xenophobia, and the wild coasts of England. It is bleak and beautiful, and the film's fierce performances carry its nuanced and heartfelt story to great heights.

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