Review: Out of Here

Out of Here: has plenty to say about the state of the nation, masculinity and identity

Film Title: Out of Here

Director: Donal Foreman

Starring: Fionn Walton

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 90 min

Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 17:27


Having returned from a gap year in Asia, Ciaran ( What Richard Did ’s Fionn Walton) struggles to reconnect with his old chums and the girl he left behind. Recession Dublin is little or no fun for the ex-backpacker, who finds himself broke and living with his parents.

Oh, how we’ve waited for this day. Donal Foreman, one of Ireland’s most exciting short film-makers, transitions to feature-length with no little aplomb.

Pundits and wags have already dragged out such qualifiers as “this year’s Once ” or “first Irish mumblecore”. But Foreman’s debut is very much its own thing. The profound, humorous and touching Out of Here has plenty to say about the state of the nation, masculinity and identity. That it can do so while keeping up lively, authentic banter is a marvel.

Note-perfect performances keep pace with the timeliness of the subject matter. Piers McGrail’s cinematography finds appealing new things to do with Dublin. The film never looks or feels as if it were made on a micro-budget, although it was, in fact, crowd-funded.

Where can we sign up to invest in the next one? Ireland expects.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.