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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 02.19.13] United Kingdom drama

Scottish writer/director Scott Graham is on the road to good things. His second short film, Native Son, premiered at Cannes Critics Week in 2010 and his full length debut, a father/daughter drama set in a remote gas station, took home the top prize at Turin Film Festival late last year.

Shell, an adaptation of a short film Graham wrote and directed a few years ago, stars Chloe Pirrie (soon to be seen on the new season of "Black Mirror") as Shell, a young woman who has grown up in an isolated gas station in the Scottish highlands with no one but her father and passers by for company. Her mother abandoned the family when Shell was only four and her father seems at a loss about what to do with the young woman who used to be his "little girl."

The trailer suggests an intense relationship between father and daughter, one that may cross a few lines of propriety, and some drama which unfolds when a young man takes an interest in Shell. Undoubtedly this budding relationship will be at the centre of this intimate family drama which is likely to take some ugly turns.

Shell opens in the UK on March 15th.

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