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Matthew Macfadyen (In My Father`s Den, Pride and Prejudice, Spooks) plays Gabriel, a preacher who returns to Middletown, the place of his birth and childhood memories, after a long absence, only to find that things are not as they use to be. His brother`s wife runs the town`s local drinking den, and there are nightly cock-fights and regular scuffles. As far as Gabriel is concerned, the town`s inhabitants have given over to vice and sin, and only he can save them. But Gabriel`s intentions mask a dark and malevolent heart, and with a religious zeal, he pits neighbour against neighbour, threatening to disrupt the familial harmony that has existed up until now. Even Gabriel`s family are not free from attack and his brother Jim (Daniel Mays) and he`s wife Caroline (Eva Birthistle) are the first to suffer his anger.
Featuring a faultless performance of telling conviction from Macfadyen (with Leigh and Loach actors Mays and Birthistle lending fine support), BAFTA nominee Brian Kirk has crafted a dark and compelling gothic drama about the dangers of fundamentalism.
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 86 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English