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Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, A (15)


'A Spell to Ward off the Darkness' is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture.

The critical consensus

It’s a film of contrasts – community and solitude, silence and primal noise, darkness and light – beautifully shot, wilfully slow and enjoyably baffling.

***(*)(*)Emma Johnston, Total Film, 08/09/2014

As a rumination on existence, this never gets as deep or as insightful as it wants to.

***(*)(*)Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 08/09/2014

This strange work by experimentalists Ben Rivers and Ben Russell is utterly uncommercial and borders on video art.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/09/2014

Heady atmospherics and innovative visuals, but a weak thesis.

Vadim Rizov, Little White Lies, 11/09/2014

The effect is like going through the home movies of your talented but weird next-door neighbour.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/09/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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