EIFF 2015: The Legend of Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle, 2015)

June 17, 2015


Fifty-something barber Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle, playing the lead in his directorial debut) lives a life of desperate mundanity and awkward interactions, be they with unappreciative customers, colleagues who think he looks like “a haunted tree”, or his fierce, foul-mouthed mother (played with relish by Emma Thompson, whose elderly make-up somewhat recalls Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Things take a drastic turn when he accidentally kills someone, especially when one exasperated policeman (Ray Winstone, in a performance perfectly pitched halfway between his bet365 ad work and Nil by Mouth) believes this new missing person case is directly linked to a known serial killer. And then even more bodies pile up at Barney’s end…

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