As an Eilean (1993)

Image result for As an Eilean (1993) Ken HutchisonThree love stories unfold on a remote Scottish Island.

I had no idea what to expect with this film. There wasn’t much online about it and as a result I only knew the rudiments of the story.

The film itself is like a remote island – adrift, quiet, and alone. It has no pretensions about being more than it is, and its pacing is bone-achingly slow. It seems cut off from the rest of the world, and it is clear that the student, Callum, longs to escape to the mainland so he can be free and attend university.

As to the romances, I didn’t particularly root for any of them. The nurse’s absent fiance returned near the end and was the living embidiment of an American cliche, which was a bit tedious. By the end of the film, nothing was really gained. Callum leaves the island (presumably to attend university?) and its unclear what happens to the other characters. Probably stewing in a pit of their own misery, no doubt.

While this film was a good way to kill an hour and a half, it wasn’t particularly memorable at all. It was nice to hear a bit of Gaelic, though.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

 

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