MIFF 2012 Part Two: Sightseers
MILD SPOILER ALERT.
It’s impossible to write about this film without giving away certain aspects of the plot. If you do plan on seeing this film at MIFF [the next session is on Wednesday at 9pm], then I urge you to stop reading now.
Friday 10th August, 9:00pm
When I read the synopsis for this film, I had no idea quite how “bloody” this “dark comedy” was going to be. The film was a last minute choice – I had one night slot left on my eMini Pass, and both sessions of The Imposter were sold out – and I really did not know what was coming. Written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, Sightseers follows a rather odd thirty-something couple on their caravan holiday, visiting such wonderful places as the Crich Tramway Museum and the Keswick Pencil Museum [both real places that I would like to visit]. There are also some murders, with the kind of graphic imagery that could haunt you for days. But it’s okay, because the film is a comedy. Directed by Ben Wheatley, Sightseers screened at Cannes earlier this year [under the name ‘Touristes‘]. The film is as funny as it is weird. In one scene you see a dog impaled on a knitting needle. In another, a knitted bra and crotchless knickers. It’s certainly not the kind of film that would appeal to all, but I rather enjoyed it.