Cert: 15 Year: 2010 Length: 93 mins
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Score: 63.81% Attendance: 91
Davis and Bennett (played by odd couple Ed Gaughan and Andrew Buckley), two hassled reps in ill fitting black suits, are psychic cleaners who specialise in exhuming difficult and painful memories, rattling through the skeletons in bedroom cupboards to excise occult energies. Using antiquated looking gadgets and bantering through their jobs, they have a Pinteresque quality which in no way diminishes the relief they can bring their clients.
Peter Bradshaw: ‘We might just have found our own Charlie Kaufman in Nick Whitfield, a former actor and stage dramatist whose feature-film debut won the Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year. It's intensely and pungently English, eccentric, strangely heartfelt, and very funny: a film I watched to the incessant accompaniment of my own giggling.’
Anton Bitel, Film4: ‘Skeletons is a true original and with its pitch-perfect performances, surreal streak of humour, strong sense of place and poignant notes of melancholy, Whitfield's debut might just be the finest cult film to have come from Britain since Withnail and I (1987). That is high praise indeed.’
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