Kelly + Victor
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When Kelly meets Victor on the dance floor of a Liverpool nightclub, the attraction is instant. After wandering through the night they find themselves at her flat, making love with a passion and urgency that neither had experienced before. Both Kelly and Victor are struggling to get by as best they can, while the people around them are choosing illegal lifestyles; she is escaping a brutish former lover, while he is being dragged into a world of drugs. It's when they make love that their darker instincts take over.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not all convincing. Campbell-Hughes (remote, brittle) is odd casting ... But once we're in the bedroom, the film takes on a shocking, bold air."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Well directed by Kieran Evans and acted with searing honesty."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Julian Morris are impressively raw and unguarded as the doomed lovers, their nerves exposed for all to see as the roots of their angst are increasingly laid bare."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Between bed scenes the film dulls out a little: meandering Liverpool walkabouts scored for dirge-like synthesisers. (The 60s-era Art Movie Handbook.) Whenever we are in the bedroom, though, the story catches fire . . ."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Kieran Evans' adaptation of Niall Griffiths' rough-hewn novel mixes unsafe S&M with social desolation to choppy effect."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Looks dirtily chic and boasts an unsurprisingly sharp soundtrack, but is on less sure footing with its credibility-straining delineation of a sadomasochistic relationship."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"An uncompromisingly tough watch, a tale of hard drugs and even stronger sex set in Liverpool."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"An unabashedly full-frontal exploration of sex and sexuality that's weighed down by distracting subplots."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Kieran Evans' British romance is an occasionally shocking, often excellent ode to nihilistic love."
‑ Chris Blohm, Little White Lies
"The beautifully intense Kelly + Victor is driven with such passion and commitment that it cries out for attention."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Kieran Evans' Kelly + Victor is an intense study of the fine line between tenderness and aggression in romantic relationships."
‑ Don Simpson, Film Threat
"Evans has a feel for mood, but it'd be wrong to mistake atmosphere for psychological depth; Kelly + Victor could've been so much more than what it ultimately achieves."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"There's something very unsentimental and provocative being served up along with the romance in this love story from writer-director Kieran Evans."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Evans, aided by the leads' rapturous performances, combines violence with tenderness, and thereby captures the complementary, turbulent yet harmonious nature of Kelly and Victor's relationship."
‑ Kristian Doyle, The Skinny
"This story of violent sexual obsession is too deliberately dark for us to sympathise with the central couple. But it's well-shot and nicely played by both actors."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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