Film Review: In View

Caoilfhionn Dunne is incredible in uncompromising portrait of depression

In 2011, Ciaran Creagh lent his writing skills to Parked, a thoughtful tale about homelessness and addiction. In his far more sombre directorial debut In View, Creagh’s screenplay addresses another issue terrorising Ireland, though it often goes unspoken; suicide, and the ravages of depression.

Caoilfhionn Dunne is extraordinary as Ruth, a despondent and quick-tempered woman working in a Garda station. As she gets drunk everyday and pushes her family and colleagues away with her belligerent behaviour, the reason for her obvious pain and self-loathing slowly emerges. Formerly a successful and happily married Garda detective, a family tragedy led to Ruth engaging in some self-destructive behaviour. The ripple effects of Ruth’s indiscretions were unknowable, and in her mind, unforgivable. Living in increasing isolation, the remorse has become overwhelming and she now sees suicide as her only means of both escaping and making amends.

Creagh’s screenplay is impeccably researched and painfully evocative, as Ruth’s actions evoke the all-consuming nature of depression and hopelessness. As she literally hides from friends, begins to gain a morbid satisfaction from planning her suicide and remains oblivious to all the people in her life desperately worried about her, the unrelenting darkness of her mindset is overwhelming.

David Grennan’s patient cinematography is as ashen and unbeautified as Dunne’s remarkably immersive performance. Supporting characters such as Ruth’s in-laws (Gerard McSorley and Maria McDermottroe) and old flame (Ciaran McMenamin) do feel disappointingly underwritten in comparison, especially as they’ve all been deeply affected by suicide in the past.

As a character study, the film is devastating, though given the subject matter, it can feel deeply uncomfortable and problematically instructional, as the actions of a suicidal person are mapped so thoroughly. An important film that makes for difficult viewing.

 

Related Articles

Film Review: Berlin Syndrome

Unnerving thriller explores the psychological messiness of confinement.

Read More

Film Review: The Red Turtle

Studio Ghibli's latest is an achingly beautiful tale of man, magic and nature.

Read More

Film Review: After The Storm

Delicately constructed family drama simmers with emotional resonance

Read More

Film Review: My life as a Courgette

Exquisite Stop-motion film subverts what we expect from children's narratives

Read More

Wonder Woman is A Triumph For Gal Gadot

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is a thrilling, witty and visually sumptuous celebration of truth and justice.

Read More

The Wonder of You - an interview with Wonder Woman

Israeli actress Gal Gadot talks about her joy in playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman – and discusses the character’s status as a feminist hero.

Read More

LA Confidential: the hacking problem in Hollywood

As Hollywood faces another hacking scandal, we ask, can the film industry survive constant cyber attacks- and are we all a little bit to blame?

Read More

Film Review: Snatched

Amy Schumer clowns and Goldie Hawn falters in lazy, casually racist comedy.

Read More

Film Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary

Satire of Chinese bureaucracy is slyly funny but self-indulgent

Read More

Fashion: Blank Generation

It's all about keeping it simple this summer as white makes a comeback on the catwalks.

Read More

Film Review: Colossal

Genre-defying dramedy tackles terrifying monsters and toxic masculinity

Read More

Jude Abides: Interview with Jude Law

Hollywood star Jude Law discusses his cracking new historical romp, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, his fruitful working relationship with director Guy Ritchie, and the film's resonance in the current political climate. Interview by Roe McDermott

Read More

Is Ireland's Film and Television Industry a Boys' Club?

Recent events and initiatives have highlighted the gender disparity within the industry – but is it changing? By Roe McDermott

Read More

Film Review: Sleepless

Jamie Foxx stars in sloppy and substandard remake of brilliant French action flick

Read More

Film Review: Frantz

Subtle drama addresses post-war grief and the tricky morality of comfort

Read More

Film Review: Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain is electrifying as ruthless lobbyist in political thriller

Read More

Designs For Life: Interview with Liadan Scott-Keogh

Read More

Fashion: The Jean Genie

Time to retrieve those jackets and jeans from the wardrobe- denim is back in a big way this spring.

Read More

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Glorious Guardians sequel is a smart, hilarious, character-driven triumph.

Read More

Film Review: Without Name

Human drama needed in atmospheric thriller about forces of nature.

Read More

Film Review: The Journey

Timothy Spall steals the show in this safe drama about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness.

Read More

Film Review: The Journey

Timothy Spall steals the show in safe drama about Paisley and McGuiness.

Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Out Tonight

The sequel to James Gunn's science-fi adventure is finally here

Read More

Film Review: Rules Don't Apply

Warren Beatty's passion project about Howard Hughes falls flat.

Read More

Film Review: The Promise

Horrors of Armenian genocide undermined by romance.

Read More

Fashion: Here Comes The Sun

It's spring, it's been a hard year, and it's time for some sunny optimism.

Read More

Deb of Intrigue: Interview with Deb Fanning

Milliner Deb Fanning has earned widespread acclaim and numerous awards for her stunningly imaginative designs.

Read More

Film Review: Handsome Devil

Witty, warm, and quietly subversive coming-of-age tale

Read More

PREVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Three years ago, director James Gunn reignited Guardians of the Galaxy, a giddily irreverent intergalactic journey that acted as the hyper kid brother of The Avengers. More family-friendly than other Marvel outings, Gunn imbued his cosmos-crossing adventures, cliff-hangers and daring escapes with an irresistibly playful self-awareness – and the most charming cats you ever did see.

Read More

Doing His Devil Best: Interview with John Butler

Set in a rugby-playing boarding school, Irish director John Butler's new movie Handsome Devil is a superb buddy comedy that explores issues of identity and sexuality. He talks about his youthful adventures in San Francisco, challenging traditional notions of masculinity, and why he wants to be a mainstream comedy director.

Read More

Film Review: Lady Macbeth

Florence Pugh is ruthless and mesmerising in disquieting period drama.

Read More

Film Review: A Dark Song

Psychologically disturbing and audacious horror tackles grief and the occult.

Read More

O'Dwyer State of Consciousness: We meet Dublin fashion designer Conaill O'Dwyer

Sexuality, gender and the exciting possibilities of fashion are explored in the work of innovative designer Conaill O'Dwyer.

Read More

Film Review: A Quiet Passion

Biopic of Emily Dickinson is tonally jarring

Read More

Losing Our Religion: Jim Sheridan on Ireland's problematic relationship with The Catholic Church

Jim Sheridan talks about the challenges of adapting Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture and his participation in the recent Apollo House occupation.

Read More

Film Review: Beauty & the Beast

Disney remake only partially succeeds.

Read More

Hollywood's Ongoing Diversity Problem

As films have become more diverse, so too have their audiences – but when it comes to representing different demographics, Hollywood still has a long way to go.

Read More

Film Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Chilling autopsy-based horror film plays with gender and genre

Read More

Film Review:Graduation

Beautifully constructed portrait of national and personal dysfunction

Read More

Film Review: Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart is tremendous in this unconventional ghost story.

Read More

Fashion: Gold Standard

Ex-2FM DJ Jenny Huston is generating quite a buzz for her new venture, uber-hip jewellery label Edge Only.

Read More

Fashion: When the Going Gets Ruff

It’s all about timeless elegance on the catwalks this spring, as the versatile ruffle takes centre-stage. By Roe McDermott

Read More

Film Review: Elle

Isabelle Huppert amazes in cocktail of sex, violence, & dark humour

Read More

Exclusive: We caught up with Tom Hiddleston ahead of the release of Kong: Skull Island

Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston sounds off about the gruelling physical training for his new blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, acting opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and his unforgettable experiences during the movie’s globe-trotting shoot.

Read More

Trust us, we know what we're doing - Notorious marketing disasters in modern film

Following on from the recent 20th Century Fox fake-news controversy, Roe McDermott rounds up other notorious film marketing disasters.

Read More

Our Chemikal Romance: Interview with Niall McCann

Home to a scene that spawned Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand, Chemikal Underground is one of the most influential indie labels of the past 20 years. Irish director Niall McCann’s new documentary, Lost In France tells the remarkable story of the label. It also offers a unique starting point for a discussion on politics, social welfare and the odds that are stacked against artists. Interview: Roe McDermott

Read More

Keeping It Incorporeal - An Interview with French arthouse maestro Olivier Assayas

The controversial new movie from Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, features Hollywood superstar Kristen Stewart as a young professional trying to communicate with her deceased twin brother in the afterlife. “I want to take people into weird areas,” he tells Roe McDermott.

Read More

Film Review: Lost In France

Music doc explores impact of indie label on ’90s Glasgow

Read More

Film Review: Certain Women

Subtle, empathetic drama about three rural women is slight but powerful

Read More

Wildlife: Fashion, Breaking Bad

It’s all about rave culture and glam rock on the catwalks this spring as the Bad Girls aesthetic comes into vogue. By Roe McDermott

Read More

Fashion: Dreaming of Electronic Sheep

Brenda Ahern and Helen Delany, aka Electronic Sheep, have earned widespread acclaim for their imaginative knitwear designs, and count the likes of Kelis and Liam Gallagher among their growing army of celebrity fans.

Read More

Oscar Mix-Up Fiasco

In a hugely embarrassing upset, Oscars announce incorrect winner of Best Picture...

Read More

The Jokes, The Politics - And The Biggest Mistake In Oscar History

Roe McDermott takes you through the rollercoaster of emotion that was the 89th Academy Awards, including that truly shocking twist in the ending...

Read More

Oscar Prediction: Emma Stone Will Trump Ruth Negga

But not for the right reasons! Hot Press film correspondent Roe McDermott looks over the major categories and predicts the winners, losers and controversies in store at this Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Read More

Film Review: Patriots Day

Everyday heroism is the focus of gripping homage to Boston.

Read More

Bricking It: Interview with Lego Batman's Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett

Hollywood stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett discuss their roles in one of the best comedies of the year, the brilliantly satirical Lego Batman Movie.

Read More

The Hero's Journey and Punching Nazis

What do modern images of heroism and masculinity mean at a time of political and social divide?

Read More

Film Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, with its focus on prejudice and privilege, features great performances and some simplistic optimism

Read More

Wildlife Fashion: Bringing Sexy Back

Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means it’s high time to treat that important person in your life… You. By Roe McDermott

Read More

Film Review: Fences

Powerhouse performances create a storm of emotion in period drama

Read More

Film Review: 20th Century Women

1970S-SET DRAMEDY IS A SERIES OF WARM, WITTY MOMENTS THAT FAIL TO COME TOGETHER

Read More

Film Review: Lion

TEAR-JERKING TRUE STORY LACKS NARRATIVE SUSPENSE

Read More

Film Review: Christine

Rebecca Hall is captivating in shocking and unnerving true story

Read More

Film Review: Loving

Ruth Negga shines in dignified drama about love and race.

Read More

Mulholland Drive: Interview with fashion designer Fintan Mulholland

Read More

Fashion: Pretty in Pink

It’s time to bid adieu to seasonal gloom with a generous helping of flamboyant colour. By Roe McDermott

Read More

Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson’s war drama proves frustratingly uneven.

Read More

Film Review: Denial

Courtroom drama about Holocaust deniers feels powerfully relevant.

Read More

Film Review: Live By Night

Ben Affleck directs and stars in self-indulgent gangster flick.

Read More

Film Review: Manchester by the Sea

Humour and grief collide in devastating exploration of family and loss.

Read More

HOT FOR 2017: Up-and-coming Irish actors

It truly is a golden age for Irish actors - and remarkably,there are even more homegrown screen stars set to break through in 2017.

Read More

The Politics of Clickbait

Most people would have assumed The Irish Times would be above clickbait - not to mention deliberately offending vulnerable minorities. Apparently not...

Read More

On the success of the Women’s March – and why it’s not enough.

Roe McDermott was one of the 100,000 people who attended the Women’s March in San Francisco – and wonders where we go from here.

Read More

Film Review: La La Land

Magical Musical Explores Art, Ambition, and Love

Read More

Film Review: Split

James McAvoy chews scenery in problematic horror about multiple personalities.

Read More

Golden Globes 2017

It was a night of political messages, passionate speeches - and of course, some whining by Trump, reports Roe McDermott

Read More

Carrie Fisher, a Cosmic Force.

"For me, Fisher wasn't iconic because she played Princess Leia. Princess Leia was iconic because she was played by Carrie Goddamn Fisher."

Read More

Katherine the Great: Katherine Waterston Stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best known for her roles in critical hits Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice, Katherine Waterston’s performance in Fantastic Beasts has confirmed her status as one of Hollywood’s hottest young acting talents. INTERVIEW Roe McDermott

Read More

A Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy: A Colin Farrell Interview

Colin Farrell is back on the big screen in one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Roe McDermott catches up with the Irish star in LA, where he discusses the magic of JK Rowling's world, the challenges of fatherhood, gender politics in Hollywood, and the strangest American election ever.

Read More

Film Review: Indignation

Exquisite adaption captures social paranoia of ‘50s America

Read More

Inner Visions: An Interview with Jewellery Designer Gemma O'Leary

Designer Gemma O’Leary discusses the creative process that drives her acclaimed jewellery label, Inner Island.

Read More

Shoot Happens: That's a Wrap

Winter has arrived and it’s time to invest in some snug clothing. Roe McDermott shows you how to be weather-appropriate while still sartorially on-point.

Read More

Film Review: Arrival

Insightful drama about humanity. And aliens.

Read More

Film Review: Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford's hyper-stylised thriller tackles revenge and loss.

Read More

War of the Worlds: Interview with Jeremy Renner

Hollywood star Jeremy Renner discusses his latest movie, Arrival, in which he and Amy Adams square off against mysterious alien visitors.

Read More

San Francisco Reacts To Donald Trump Win

First there was shock... and regret. And then the city of San Francisco – a place where so many one-time outsiders have found a home that welcomes them – rose up and marched. It was a moment where hope began again. But the road ahead will not be easy...

Read More

White Racism Is Behind Donald Trump’s US Presidential Win

More white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton. And as for white men? They were even worse. The questions is: why? And the answer? Trump’s victory is an endorsement of white racism...

Read More

Film Review: The Light Between Oceans

Old-fashioned melodrama tries to force emotion rather than earn it

Read More

An interview with Castleknock designer Emma Manley

Since launching five years ago, Castleknock native Emma Manley’s eponymous label has become one of Ireland’s most exciting fashion success stories.

Read More

Statement Pieces and Gothic Ensembles in this fortnight's fashion round-up

Spooky statement pieces and glamourous gothic ensembles are everywhere this season. Roe McDermott shows you how to make the gloomy glamorous, and transform a Halloween costume into haute couture.

Read More

Smells Like Marine Spirit

Director Derek Cianfrance discusses his intense relationship drama The Light Between Oceans – and seeing stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall for each other on set.

Read More

Maths Entertainment - An Interview with Ben Affleck

Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck discusses playing a character with Asperger's i his new thriller The Accountant, the ups and downs of fame, and his excitement about taking on the role of Batman again.

Read More

Film Review: Kate Plays Christine

Self-reflective Documentary Explores Performance and Truth

Read More

Fashion, Disability, and Advocacy: Hot Press Meets with Sinead Burke

Multi-talented fashion blogger and activist Sinead Burke’s work has earned her widespread acclaim - and also an invitation to the White House.

Read More

Robert Greene discusses his compelling documentary, Kate Plays Christine

A post-modern documentary about a US news anchor who shot herself on air in 1974, it hits screens next week.

Read More
 

Advertise With Us


For information including benefits, key facts, figures and rates for advertising with Hot Press, click below

Advertise

Find us elsewhere