AroView: A rain-drenched Irish black comedy hinged on the delightfully absurd premise of a deceased father’s testament that he be buried only on a fine day, much to the chagrin of his nihilistic son who becomes effectively stuck back in his hometown in West Cavan.
It’s an irreverent, contemporary take on biblical wrath and catholic guilt filtered through some inspired deadpan humour and a ‘Woman at War’-inspired bluesy musical troupe. While not every idea lands perfectly, this quirky indie punches well above its low-budget weight with memorable set pieces and laughs all but guaranteed.
“Philip Doherty’s black comedy about a prodigal son returning to his hometown for a funeral goes big on self-satirising absurdism.” ~Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
“Specifically draws on the same redemptive themes and Bible-black humour as McDonagh’s dark masterpiece [Calvary] and adds some choice sprinkling of the Coen brothers, and the deadpan melancholy of Aki Kaurismäki to create something rather special on its own terms.” ~Kevin Ibbotson-Wight, The Wee Review