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An artist couple find that selling their imposing London home starts to open fissures in their relationship in Joanna Hogg’s coolly-observed fable.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Joanna Hogg
  • Producer Gayle Griffiths
  • With Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick, Tom Hiddleston
  • UK 2013
  • 104 mins
  • UK distribution Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd

Uncompromisingly spare yet enthralling to watch, Joanna Hogg’s (Unrelated, Archipelago) exquisitely observed third feature is her first to be set in London. Its central protagonists are artist couple D and H (Viv Albertine, guitarist of influential punk group The Slits and Turner prize nominated artist Liam Gillick) who are preparing to sell the modernist home that has defined their relationship, and quite possibly their work, for almost two decades. What has prompted the move is not entirely clear, but what is certain is that the anxieties, dreams and memories that surface in response to the impending sale expose the fissures in this cool, austere relationship. The house itself is a commanding third character, its Chinese puzzle of sharp angles and sliding doors are as difficult to fathom as its inhabitants. Hogg’s fascinating, entirely singular film conceals as much as it reveals.

Clare Stewart

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