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True North Review

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A Scottish trawler with a cargo full of Chinese immigrants hopes for one last catch before heading home in stormy seas.

★★★★

Tragedy lurks over the crest of every wave as a Scottish trawler crew hopes for one last catch before heading home, despite stormy seas and a cargo-hold full of Chinese immigrants.

It’s not greed but desperation that forces both sides to break the law - livelihoods, as well as lives, are at stake.

As you might expect from a cast crammed with Ken Loach veterans, this is a powerfully acted, angrily topical but essentially human film. Martin Compston is most impressive: five years after Sweet Sixteen he comes of age with his most devastating performance yet.

As the claustrophobic mood takes its toll, the film becomes a tense thriller shot through with an important social message.

A tense thriller with an important social message.