Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Library Suicides (2016)

“Stylish Welsh Thriller”

You don’t see those three words together very often, but that is indeed what this is - a Welsh language thriller (don’t worry, there are English subtitles) set in the National Library of Wales and the nearby town of Aberystwyth, now getting a DVD release courtesy of Soda Pictures.

Famous Welsh novelist Elena Wdig (Sharon Morgan) kills herself by jumping from the window of her seafront home. Or was she pushed? Her twin daughters Ana and Nan (both played by Catrin Stewart) seem to think so, and they believe they know who did it as well. In fact, so convinced are they that biographer Eben (Ryland Teifi) is the culprit that they concoct an elaborate scheme to lock him in the library after hours, with the intention of getting the truth out of him before killing him.

Needless to say, things go wrong. While one security guard is drugged as planned, the other, Dylan (Dyfan Dwyfor) doesn’t get his full dose of sedative. The twins have also failed to take into account that the actual truth behind what happened might be far more complex and involved than either of them has realised.

A slick, sexy thriller with just a few characters and an imposing and atmospheric setting (the outside of the National Library could double for the Tanzakademie in a remake of SUSPIRIA), THE LIBRARY SUICIDES is well worth a watch. The script is fine, the acting is good, and the direction (from Euros Lyn) ensures this is sharp and suspenseful.
         Soda Pictures’ DVD includes a making of featurette, deleted scenes and a trailer. I would say more about this film but I don’t want to give too much away, suffice to say it’s well worth checking out if you’re a fan of unassuming, original Eurothrillers. 

THE LIBRARY SUICIDES (Original title Y LLYFRGELL) is out on DVD from Soda Pictures on Monday 31st October

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