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A handful of characters in a small British town deal with love, disappointment and temptation in this independent drama. Nan Wilson (Patricia Loveland) has come home after a long stay in the hospital, and finds herself sharing her house with her sister Gail (Rachel McIntyre). Gail doesn't comfortably connect with the outside world, and would prefer to stay in her room reading romance novels rather than reach out to others, but Nan struggles to find a common ground between them. Mr. and Mrs. Gladwin (Frank Bench and Betty Bench) have been married for six decades, but they've slowly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The ironies are always cruel and never comic in British writer-director Duane Hopkins's striking debut, an austere, though empathetic, insightful and technically crisp slice of social realism."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"It's a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking - and make you grateful for what you've got."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"This is a dark and painful film, but one with a fervent belief in the possibility of love."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gritty yet incongruously gorgeous - and glacier-paced - this ambitious first feature from Midlands miserablist Duane Hopkins proves that crikey, the British can do Bruno Dumont-style poetic realism after all."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"Bleak, depressing but stunningly directed, Better Things is an unforgettable film that marks Duane Hopkins as a British talent to watch."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn't afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Bleak yet powerful, hushed yet haunting, this is an extraordinary portrait of lives dissolving away into nothing in the chilly English countryside."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"The film has a powerful, impressionistic style. Scenes are shot in suffocating, distorting close-up or at an equally stifling distance, revealing the sublime, indifferent landscape."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Little White Lies
"Hopkins has a singularity of style worth watching and the courage not to flinch in putting it on screen."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"British filmmaker Hopkins throws out the rules and breaks ground with a significant new cinematic storytelling language"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This approach is well handled, giving the film a constant chilly allure, but there are some trite scenes in the stories that unfold."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"The young director fails to inject us under the skin of his plotless drama of overdoses and funerals, but he clearly has talent to burn."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"The stately silences, brooding landscapes and pallor of nihilism will alienate many hoping for Skins-in-Stow-on-the-Wold - but it's definitely the work of an original talent."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Duane Hopkins has a patient eye, and catches moments of austere beauty as it scans the bleak surroundings, but his mostly young cast is left hanging by chilly direction and an inadequate script."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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