03rd Feb2021

‘Bright Hill Road’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Siobhan Williams, Michael Eklund, Agam Darshi, Sally Cacic | Written by Susie Moloney | Directed by Robert Cuffley

We wake up, with our protagonist, knocking back a miniature bottle of vodka and heading into the office. Living the dream. Before we know what is happening, a sacked employee is stalking the halls of the office with a gun. Not even the ladies toilets is sacred.

It is at this point that our protagonist realises that she might need to make some changes in her life. After being caught drunk, in a dangerous situation. She is signed off work and is told to take some time to get herself healthy. She pours a load of booze down the sink and drives dangerously at night. She wakes up, and she has made it to the titular Bright Hill Road, a boarding house where she checks in. Marcy is on her way to visit her sisters in California, but she is stuck, halfway there.

At some point, creepy doings start to creep in and I must say, I feel sorry for Marcy. I want her to get better… Clearly Marcy is trying to keep her guilt at bay, clearly something in her past is eating away at her, and she is doing her best to hide from it.

Bright Hill Road might aspire to be an early Coen Brothers, psychological thriller. The film is relatively well made and relatively professional. Our protagonist (“Marcy”) is well played by Siobhan Williams. The music is particularly good; as is the sense of claustrophobia, as the walls of the hotel room start to close in on Marcy and her problems. It fits nicely, that when drunk, Mary likes to make little collages out of photos, trying to change the past and make it sweet and nice.

Bright Hill Road is a little film, about addiction, and guilt. There is a small cast, and the film is effective at building tension, and a sense of isolation. There are only three people in our boarding house. Marcy, our suspicious guest house proprietor and Owen, a semi charming, semi sinister chap, who keeps telling Marcy she looks familiar.

All in all, Bright Hill Road is a simple little film, that is well acted and well made. It is not going to set the world alight, but nor does it need to.

Bright Hill Road is out, in the US, now.

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