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Soul of Flies, The

Soul of Flies, The


A magic realism tale of two brothers who meet for the first time on the way to their father's funeral, who they never knew. A journey where memories are mixed with dreams, and death is just another character.

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The critical consensus

Surprises are few, but Burley conjures gentle charms from lush landscapes, an unaffected non-pro cast and patient plotting, the latter’s amiable trot chivvied along by an earthy accordion/guitar score from Tim Walters and Calabrese.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 03/07/2012

The mix of deadpan humour and flowery voiceovers doesn't always work, but there are sympathetic performances from the two leads.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/07/2012

The humour is forced and slightly amateurish but sweet moments give this gentle tale some modest appeal.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 13/07/2012

Low budget and experimental cinema that is infectiously fun.

***(*)(*)Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies, 12/07/2012

The director pays homage to the three great 20th century Bs – Buñuel, Beckett and Bergman – incurring debts that by the end of the movie blow across the parched land like abandoned IOUs.

Philip French, The Observer, 15/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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