The creator of a number of acclaimed documentary shorts, Ken Wardrop‘s distinctive first feature has a deceptively simple conceit that manages to deliver an honest and revealing insight into life in the country, and has already been selected for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Inspired by the story of his mother’s life, Wardrop presents interviews with women from across the midlands of Ireland. Starting with some in their nappies and ending in a nursing home, the women talk about their experiences and their relationships with and attitudes towards men. These daughters, wives and mammies are by turns frank, funny, gracious, perceptive and moving. Collectively, the interviews form the narrative of life, from cradle to grave, in an inventive and original way. While each scene is beautifully composed, Wardrop uses only one static camera, allowing the stories to dominate the frame.
Michael Hayden, London Film Festival Programme