Up There (U.K.)
directed by Zam Salim
Sunday, November 24, 4pm,
395 Wellington, National Archives
28th European Union Film Festival
Pasty skinned, hunched waddler Martin (Burn Gorman) is perfectly deadpan in the post mortem world. Not being one the chosen few allowed to climb the stairs to enlightenment, he must prove worthiness by guiding the recently deceased through the mundane, confusing transition state. There are forms to fill out, group counseling, but chiefly lots and lots of waiting around. Who knew purgatory would be so boring? Ah, such is afterlife. Very much like life as it turns out. For the most part, the walking dead are a morose bunch, looking ready for the embalmer, wallowing in self-pity, and meandering about aimlessly. It’s a bit of a bummer really. Enter Rash, a fast gibbering, party animal who threatens to liven up the dreary proceedings and destroy the chances of our man’s ascension to the Promised Land. Up There is classic British fare: a simple, charming, grey film that finds comedy from awkward situations. It’s a definite winner … of the subtle variety.
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