“The Levelling” Review ✦✧✧✧✧

9 May, 2017

Director: Hope Dickson Leach
Screenwriter: Hope Dickson Leach
Director of Photography: Nanu Segal
Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Synopsis: A young woman returning home after her brother’s suicide uncovers complete devastation at the heart of her family, including resentment from her father as he struggles to keep his head above water.

The Levelling Review:

Miserably envisioned and crippled by a defeatist attitude, “The Levelling” is a film of wallowing self-pity, relying on inadequate themes to carry its pessimistic tale of country life in an irreversible context. Lacking the grasp and cognisance of British filmmaking legends Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay, Hope Dickson Leach constructs her doleful feature film debut around a desolate vision of the British landscape, suggesting rather flagrantly that depression and farm life are in some way joined at the hip after an unavoidable series of events.

Hitting the English countryside where it hurts, “The Levelling” envisions rural living as an ill-fated pastime as it gripes and mopes its way through rot, sickness, and death while effectively alienating the outside world from the sentiment behind its unpalatable events. Grotesquely blasé about the true horrors of suicide, the movie finds little use for its endless tragedies as country bumpkins with shotguns, skewed morals, and an overall lack of emotional intelligence find reason to engage in destructive behaviours while the film toys with the idea that events are set to repeat themselves in overwrought moments of emotion which could so easily be avoided.

Inexcusably wearisome and poorly performed, “The Levelling” is the worst kind of indie flick with a cast of characters whose mere presence is enough to drive even the most impartial viewers insane. Unconvincing down to the last bittersweet embrace, this waterlogged disaster fancies itself as the next “Kill List” with arty flashbacks and a revolting subject matter suggesting something far deeper than soap opera. In reality it’s closer to being a bad episode of “Emmerdale” than an art house masterpiece.


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