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Certificate 15
Christine Tremarco
Stuart Sinclair Blyth
Sheila Hancock
Phil Davis
Steve Chambers
Running Time
104 minutes

Hold Back the Night
A damaged girl, a troubled traveller and a dying woman embark on a healing journey

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Charleen (Tremarco) runs away from home in the early hours, hooking up with dreadlocked crusty Declan (Stuart Sinclair Blyth). Accompanied by Killer the pit-bull and assisted by Sheila Hancock's terminally-ill Vera, who is making a pilgrimage to Orkney. As the healing journey unfolds, so do the circumstances that have made Charleen the selfish and unfaithful person she is.

There are rough edges galore, including an obtrusive soundtrack, and as we never learn to love Tremarco's character, we're hard pushed to believe Declan's could either, but Davis has made a road movie of undeniable clout. That we are eventually shown hope at the end of a long tunnel is reason to see it through, but don't say you haven't been warned.

Reviewed by Trevor Lewis

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