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Romans

UK, English, 91 mins

  • Director: Ludwig Shammasian; Paul Shammasian
  • Writer: Geoff Thompson
  • Producer: Kirsty Bell; Jasper Graham

CGiii Comment

Do not expect the usual catholic-bashing, priest-abusing exposé that we have all become [too] familiar with in recent years...

This is so much more...this gets under the skin, into the psyche...of the victim. As for the perpetrator...few words are spoken, none in defence...his self-loathing and the hate you feel for this man-of-the-cloth are spine-chillingly palpable.

Most assuredly, Orlando Bloom has cast off his elven mantle...he delivers a performance of such magnitude and dimension that - at times - your breath will simply be taken away. He makes you feel his...pain!

Everything is assured about this film...the direction, the writing...but, this Mr Bloom's film.

A dark, intensely harrowing experience.

#EIFF2017


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

An adult victim of childhood sexual abuse confronts the horrors of his past.

Malky works as a labourer demolishing the church where he was abused as a twelve-year-old, engaging in an emotionally distant sexual relationship with Emma and indulging in bouts of casual violence. The effects of his childhood abuse remain deeply embedded, and when the priest responsible returns to town Malky is forced to confront his past head-on. A searingly honest film about psychological damage and the power of forgiveness, featuring an outstanding performance from Orlando Bloom.

Cast & Characters

Orlando Bloom as Malky;
Janet Montgomery as Emma;
Charlie Creed-Miles as Paul;
Anne Reid;
Josh Myers as Colin;
Deborah Rock as Church Attendee / Member of the Choir;
Alex Ferns;
James Smillie as Jimmy;
Dan Styles as Road Rage Driver;
Dino Fazzani as Builder in Cafe;
Michael Chapman as Church Attendee;
Jo Wheatley as Chorister;
Natasha Sparkes as Sue;
Kyle Rees as Mick;
Rory Nolan as Billy

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