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In a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, a father and daughter live and work at a small petrol station. They spend their days tending to domestic chores and to the needs of rare passing motorists. At night they are forced together by the cold and by their loneliness.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Shell' never fully comes to life. And while Pirrie is brilliant, at 25, I didn't buy her as a teenager."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"This is a sensitive and intelligent film but so slow-burning that sometimes it seems to stop dead in its tracks."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[A] strange and poignant film, in which tragedy grows from smallest seeds of foible and foreboding."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A father and daughter run a petrol station in the Highlands, but their relationship is fuelled by something more unsettling, in Scott Graham's promising feature debut."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Scott Graham's excellent debut feature is a triumph, a film which troubles the mind for days after viewing."
‑ Alan Bett, The Skinny
"The deer-skinning scene will have everyone worshipping their supermarket packets more than ever."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"A sensitive, unflinching exploration of bleak lives Shell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice in British cinema and a striking young performer in Chloe Pirrie."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Shell, the captivating debut from the young Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham, finds claustrophobia in the widest-open landscape, and isolation in the closest-knit relationship."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Scott Graham's haunting, minimalist debut grips from the outset with startling photography and an attention-grabbing turn from newbie actress Chloe Pirrie."
‑ Guy Lodge, Empire Magazine
"Perhaps it's appropriate to a degree given the film's desolate and unpopulated setting, but there isn't quite enough content here to fill out feature length."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"With a remarkably vivid sense of life in rural Scotland, this tightly contained drama is an impressive debut for writer-director Graham."
‑ Rich Cline,
"A hushed and haunting coming-of-age drama, pungently played out in the remote Scottish highlands, where the wind boings off the microphone and passing lorries set the crockery rattling."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"A decent effort and director Scott Graham is one to watch, but this is far from a fully formed drama."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It's refreshing to see a British film in which place and character are so entwined."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Scott Graham's striking debut oozes atmosphere and is well worth the slow-burn."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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