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Fault Lines (Phantom Owl Productions)

By | Published on Monday 17 August 2015

Fault Lines

Bill and Jim, old friends, are catching up. It’s been a while; Jim’s mother has passed away, Bill has concerns about his marriage, and yet these old friends, best friends, haven’t spoken in months. The tensions – the fault lines – in their relationship are there from the start, hidden beneath the surface, but it’s not until abrasive stranger Joe butts in that the cracks become visible. This is a taut, intense drama with naturalistic dialogue, believably flawed characters and genuine moral ambiguity; your sympathies shift constantly as the plot unravels, aided by some excellent, convincing performances. Even now I’m not quite sure which character, if any, was in the right.

Basic Mountain, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]