Silent Storm, The
On a remote Scottish island in the 1950s, Aislin (Andrea Riseborough) lives with her authoritarian minister husband Balor (Damian Lewis).
He is a man of sudden, violent mood swings and stern religiosity; Aislin finds consolation from his wrathful disapproval in the stark beauty of the surrounding countryside.
With many islanders leaving for the mainland in droves, the couple are joined by a Glaswegian youth (Ross Anderson), entrusted to their care by a religious charity. Balor is initially suspicious of him, but Aislin recognises a kindred spirit in this sensitive young man and their relationship deepens when her husband has to leave the island.
Marking Corinna McFarlane’s feature debut after her co-directed 2006 documentary Three Miles North of Molkom, this domestic melodrama is a taut, sensual tale of sweeping emotions and grandly realised landscapes, featuring full-blooded performances from Riseborough and Lewis.