Ashes (2012)

Luke as JB

Directed by: Mat Whitecross
Written by: Paul Viragh
Produced by: Esther Douglas, Fiona Neilson
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Running time: 1h 40min


Frank (Ray Winstone) is confined to a residential home, stricken with Alzheimer’s – past, present ad future steadily disintegrating. Then one day, James (Jim Sturgess) appears, wanting to re-connect with a father who know longer knows him. James springs Frank from the home and the pair go on the run. As their haphazard journey unfolds – funny, violent and tragic by turns – the present merges with imperfect memories of the past and fact with fiction and we begin to realize that nothing is quite what it seems. ASHES itself defies neat categorization; part road movie, part psychological thriller; part contemporary film noir, but all beautifully shot and with a grimly satisfying twist.

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