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      Black Mountain Poets

      2015 1 hr. 30 min. Comedy List
      65% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 53% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Two con artists go on the run after they are caught trying to steal. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Well, it's not bad .. made in four days apparently on a low budget, and it shows. Funny in parts, and very daft, but not entirely a waste of time. Poetry in Wales, who would have thought it? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member DISCLAIMER: I did watch this film slightly pissed What a charming film this is. I don't want to call what I was going to initially, which was a 'charming little film' because I feel that's laying a sort of childlike lack of ambition I don't think this film deserves. Black Mountain Poets has a pretty out there premise, two criminal sisters steal a car, and then, pretending to be the two poet drivers, go to a first annual poetry convention and pretend to be poets. I'm going to give it to you straight I had a really good time with this film, it made me chuckle, chortle, and guffaw probably much to the annoyance of my flatmates. It has a very sharp, very witty script that I'm sure was mostly thrown out for very sharp, very witty improvisation. It's written and directed by Jamie Adams, (A Wonderful Christmas Time, Benny & Jolene), who demonstrates a great sense for mixing intimacy, comedy, and drama. This is helped no end by the film's two leads, Alice Lowe, (Sightseers, Hot Fuzz), who might be my new favourite person after this, and Dolly Wells, (45 Years, Bridget Jones's Diary), they were friends before the shoot and it helps and shows. They share not only an intimacy but also a willingness to be completely bitchy to each other and they're both a lot of fun on screen. They're also both just very talented actresses, Lowe is clearly having a lot of fun with her role, but she's playing it against a much more subdued, (it's not like Lowe is all over the place but it is a much more exuberant role), Wells, who is also fantastic. There's one scene with Wells against a fence just by herself that is quite incredible. The film is also helped by a strong supporting cast, some of whom include actual Welsh poets. Which in the end I think is emblematic of the film's quirky charms. It's the kind of film that was actually made in 5 days on the side of a mountain with two leads who know each other very well and actual welsh poets rounding out the cast. It feels really friendly, like you could stay in and watch Netflix with this movie. The film does have a biting, almost rude sense of humour at some points which causes a striking juxtaposition, but on the other it's a sense of humour I'm actually quite fond of. So, if you have a sense of humour like me, then this is the perfect film to just sit in front the telly with a beer and a duvet with. It's also just really funny. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member There's a quirkiness to it, rather than being quirky, and unfortunately for a comedy, there's not a lot of laughs to be found. The problem with the main characters is that from the first scene onwards the pair just don't convince and conwomen. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard I can't see many people trekking to the cinema to see this but if you stumbled across it on TV you'd feel really chuffed. Rated: 3/5 Apr 3, 2016 Full Review Jonathan Romney Observer (UK) None of the ensemble interplay quite gels here. Rated: 2/5 Apr 3, 2016 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) It is, in its own way, quietly brilliant. Rated: 4/5 Mar 31, 2016 Full Review Jennifer Heaton Alternative Lens Quirky British comedy about mistaken identity, sisterhood and poetry. Rated: 7/10 Nov 2, 2018 Full Review Alison Rowat The Herald (Scotland) Fans of Ben Wheatley's Sightseers will be glad to see Alice Lowe turn up in this British comedy of mistaken identity and bad poetry. That's about as far as the similarities between the two films go, alas. Rated: 2/5 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Matthew Bond The Mail on Sunday (UK) Amid the not always totally successful comedy, it has an underlying warmth and sweetness that creeps up on you and makes you glad you stayed with it. Rated: 3/5 Oct 24, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two con artists go on the run after they are caught trying to steal.
      Jamie Adams
      Executive Producer
      Jon Rennie
      Jamie Adams
      Production Co
      Jolene Films
      Original Language