The cast of 'Limbo' (2020)
The cast of 'Limbo' (2020)
Limbo (2020) Madman

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Ben Sharrock | UK | 2020 | M

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Fri 8 Jul - Sun 17 Jul 2022

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Winner of 4 Scottish BAFTAs, Ben Sharrock’s existential comedy drama is an absolute charmer

An offbeat and life-affirming triumph.

Los Angeles Times

Separated from his Syrian parents and brother on a remote Scottish island while he waits for his claim for asylum to be assessed, Omar (Amir El-Masry) contends with harsh elements, wary locals and unreliable mobile phone reception while trying to stay connected and optimistic about his prospects. A gifted young musician, Omar has lost the will to play the oud that has travelled with him from his war-torn home but his new flatmates – the Freddie Mercury-obsessed Farhad (Vikash Bhai) most insistent among them – help provide distraction from the bureaucratic limbo they all find themselves in.

Ben Sharrock’s ultimately uplifting existential comedy drama deftly balances a wry, deadpan quality reminiscent of Roy Andersson’s films (About Endlessness; You, the Living) – an opening scene in which the men attend a Cultural Awareness 101 class neatly sets the tone – with moments of poignant reflection in which the complicated histories the men carry with them threaten to defeat them.

Sidse Babett Knudsen (from Danish TV drama, Borgen) appears in a supporting role that makes the most of a well-honed talent for physical comedy and timing.

Roberta Ciabarra - Curator, Film

Format: DCP
Language: In English
Source: Madman
Courtesy: Madman
Runtime: 104 min

Event duration

104 mins



Mature themes and coarse language


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Kenneth Collard and Sidse Babett Knudsen in 'Limbo' (2020)

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