AroView: Anchored by a riveting performance from Letitia Wright (Small Axe), this is a devastating portrait of a Nigerian asylum seeker in Ireland who is caught in the wheels of bureaucracy and facing the grave prospect of deportation.
Aisha’s only respite comes from an unlikely friendship with a kindly security guard (Josh O’Connor) at her holding facility. It’s a social justice drama of the highest calibre from Irish writer-director Frank Berry who, carrying a torch lit in modern cinema by Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake), illuminates the plight of illegal refugees with compassion and complexity.
“An absorbing drama given sympathy and life by two very high-calibre performers.” ~Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Steered both by the performers and Berry’s quietly assured, nimble direction, it’s a rare movie that gets more complicated and involving as it goes along.” ~Mick McCahill, Cinésthesia