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« on: July 07, 2017, 04:26:34 PM »


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* This review may contain spoilers ***

Whilst catching up with the excellent Canadian Noir TV series Cardinal,I wondered if there were any other similar shows on. Finding the Brit Noir mini-series One of Us to be an interesting show,I was intrigued to find another Brit Noir mini-series,which led to me meeting Paula.

The plot:

Working as a teacher on a low wage,Paula tries to find a way to rid her loft of rats on the cheap. Hiring indie handyman James,Paula gives James a tip by sleeping with him. Thinking their relationship is more than a one-off,James comes round as Paula ends an affair with a fellow teacher. Grabbing a paper with the staff details,James decides to teach Paula a lesson.

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Shot in Dublin,director Alex Holmes rubs the shows mix of tough Noir Drama and glossy Erotic Thriller with dry browns and blues opening the paranoia in Paula's mind, whilst slick whip-pans and jagged edits spin a slick Thriller mood. Running for three hours,writer Conor McPherson has the chance to weave the stylish Erotic Thriller with the psychological depth of Noir. Setting Paula (played a bit too shouty by Denise Gough) off to have sex with any guy that gets in her view, McPherson sadly misses the chance to mix the genres,as wonderfully pulp dialogue is pulled down by dull characters whose bitterness blinds any feeling of mystery,and leads to the twist ending being place where the macabre opportunity is taken,as Paula takes James down to the loft.

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