Black comic immigration drama LIMBO couldn’t have a better backdrop than the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, literally removing displaced people from the rest of the world and placing them in a state of purgatory. Syrian musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) and a group of other migrants including Freddie Mercury-obsessed Farhad (Vikash Bhai) have been placed on an isolated Scottish island to agonisingly wait for their immigration applications to be processed by a sluggish Home Office and are given time to reflect on the homes they were forced to leave and happier times. It’s a bittersweet little film with plenty of deadpan comedy and raw emotion, even transitioning from grounded and low-key storytelling to something more metaphorical, even spiritual as time passes. Judging by this, Scottish director Ben Sharrock is definitely one to watch, a filmmaker of empathy and vision highlighting a harrowing experience too many millions experience every day. SSP
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