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Limbo (2021)



Critic Consensus: A profoundly uplifting portrait of the refugee experience, Limbo is distinguished by its offbeat tone -- and overall impressive work from debuting director Ben Sharrock.

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Recently nominated for two BAFTA (R) awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, LIMBO is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for director and writer Ben Sharrock, who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria and living in Damascus in 2009 shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired the film.

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Look beyond your limited worldview, Limbo says, and see the bigger, more beautiful, and more complicated picture.

November 2, 2021 | Full Review…

For a film that is so infused with sadness... Limbo is remarkably funny - a gentle, empathic kind of humour that is derived from the men's bleak existences, without mocking them.

July 31, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A wonderful comedy that savours its remote environment while keeping its subjects at the centre of the story.

July 30, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Sharrock has adopted a Keatonesque deadpan aesthetic that feels arrived at via a few different places.

July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film as sweet as it is sad, as pertinent as it is absurd, Limbo is an experience where not much seems to happen but where little things mean the world.

July 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Desperate, but also wryly comic, as if writer-director Ben Sharrock sees them as stuck in a real-life Waiting For Godot, stranded in a starkly beautiful no-man's-land, hoping against hope that it will prove more hospitable than the ones they left behind.

May 14, 2021 | Full Review…
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