DIG, THE (2018)
Winner of Best Irish Feature at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh, Andy and Ryan Tohill's feature debut is a gripping thriller in which a terrible crime committed long ago takes a painfully circuitous route to resolution. Finely scripted by Stuart Drennan, THE DIG surveys lives stalled by grief and trauma — and dark secrets hidden where almost no one can find them. After serving 15 years in prison for murder, Ronan Callahan (Moe Dunford, BLACK 47, DARK LIES THE ISLAND, ROSIE) returns to his rural Northern Ireland home to find his property dotted with flags and pockmarked with excavations. Sean (Lorcan Cranitch), the father of Ronan's victim, has spent the years since his daughter's disappearance digging relentlessly in search of her remains. Ronan's reappearance reopens wounds for his victim's family, but there is the hope he might at least bring them some peace by revealing where the body was buried. The problem is that Ronan was drunk on the night of the crime and remembers nothing about it. Has he repressed those memories? Or is there a more troubling reason for his lack of recollection? (Note adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival.) DIR Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill; SCR Stuart Drennan; PROD Brian J. Falconer. UK/Ireland, 2018, color, 97 min. NOT RATED
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