Bodkin Ras

You can’t help missing an outsider in the small Scottish town of Forres. And that while Bodkin Ras wants to keep his head down, because he’s on the run. In this mixture of fiction and documentary, Sohrab Bayat, who plays the title role, is the only actor. The other characters are inhabitants of Forres, who play themselves and whose striking life stories are incorporated into the script. The boundaries between reality and fiction fade and this gives the film a special atmosphere.


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  • ★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd

    ..."Bijzonder aan ‘Bodkin Ras’ is dat alle personages, op Bodkin na, echte bewoners zijn van Forres en dat hun verhalen op feiten berusten. Zelfs de onwaarschijnlijke James ‘Red’ Macmillan, een aangespoelde piraat met filosofische en poëtische neigingen, schijnt echt te bestaan. En al deze personages gaan op in het drama, waarbij noties als vluchteling, thuis, geweld en schuld de revue passeren, maar eerder essayistisch dan met een duidelijke boodschap.

    Dit alles in fraaie beelden, onder sfeervolle muziek en met wat droge humor."

  • ★★★½ review by Owen Hughes on Letterboxd

    Favourite film reviewed as part of the Cambridge Film Festival package of screeners we received at Failed Critics. Really captures the character of a small town and is a film full of life. Full audio review on our CFF special podcast.

  • ★★★★ review by Jamerlich on Letterboxd

    SXSW film#7

    I got really emotionally invested in this movie and it just got heavier until the end where it felt like I got hit by a ton of bricks. Just really effective stylistically as it seems like a mix of documentary and its narrative fiction that ties it together and makes you feel like you're a part of this town.

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