Couple in a Hole
Director: Tom Geens
Cast: Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jerome Kircher
Language: English & French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: UK, Belgium, France 2015 105 mins.
Released by Verve Pictures
A middle-aged couple who have renounced civilization to live in a cave in the woods are befriended by a local farmer with mysterious ulterior motives, in this remarkable film that balances between stark realism and an unsettling sense of the absurd. Belgian-born and London-based filmmaker Tom Geens made a name for himself with a series of meticulously crafted shorts, and a first feature (Menteur) that pushed genre boundaries and showed him to be a deconstructor of social norms along the lines of Michael Haneke or Thomas Vinterberg. Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie are outstanding in their challenging and unconventional roles as the couple in a hole. Leeds Film Festival.