Reactions to Limbo

The largest audience of the season so far attended Limbo, with the large majority awarding it A or B, but quite a few struggling with the audio. The overall appreciation score was 80.0% and here is a sample of the comments received:

  • Simply stunning. Evoked such deep emotion.
  • Amazing acting, and beautiful scenery. Poignant and bittersweet. Loved it!
  • Fabulous – great choice, excellent topic and magical scenery – really enjoyed it.
  • So sad, but leavened by the quiet, honest humour and a script delivered well by sensitive, skilful actors. The photography was wonderful and captured the savage but stunning landscape and weather.
  • A very original film which I shall remember for a long time. Excellent photography.
  • Funny at times (wonderful start) but also very moving, really making me think of the challenge of every asylum seeker. Beautiful filming.
  • Brilliant. Funny, human… engaging.
  • Another completely different film – this year’s programme has been such an interesting variety – diverse and engrossing. This one was a mix of surreal and heartbreak with music and scenery adding to the atmosphere, and believable actors.
  • Great balance of extreme poignancy and humour along with beautifully shot landscapes to depict the remoteness the characters feel as they await their asylum decisions.
  • A humane and poignant blend of humour, tenderness and despair. Excellent.
  • Funny, Poignant, Well-acted. The only negative was the sound quality and sometimes film quality.
  • A lovely film with humour and pathos, exceptionally well directed with a great script. Another very good film.
  • Landscape conveyed bleakness of their existence but was lifted by humour and the friendship between the refugees. Dialogue was difficult to follow at times, indistinct.
  • Sensitive handling of a difficult subject. Great camera work.
  • Really insightful. Beautifully filmed in a sparse framework. Characters were built well so you invested in them and the humour was just enough to lift a bleak outlook.
  • Slow to start however with patience one gets the picture so to speak.
  • Slow bit deliberately so. Captured the tedium of awaiting asylum. Well-acted. Great weather and scenery to match the mood.
  • There were moments of great comedy, tragedy, joy and sadness but the narrative and tempo were a little erratic, so good overall but not great.
  • Beautiful and atmospheric. Superb acting and scenic effects. Speech was indistinct and needed subtitles to have enhanced enjoyment of this film.
  • This film left me with one over-riding word – bleak. The landscapes, the lives of the poor refugees and their hopes of a future and the locals. But there were glimmers of hope and beauty with the sighting of the Northern Lights, the treasured oud and the final concert – which was cut way too short for me.
  • Disappointed but can’t say why. Acting was great; scenery and film setting both grim and spectacular, but I have come out feeling a bit flat. Maybe the clash of broad comic Scottish characters and sensitively portrayed refugees limited any kind of connection. Unsure.
  • Ironically this film needed subtitles. A topical subject, sensitively handled and fairly positive but it was rather slow and tedious.
  • Too long, too noisy and not enough rain.
  • A great start to the movie with lovely music, it just seemed a missed opportunity not to end it the same way… After a bleak but interesting storyline, a longer showing of the concert finale would have helped end on a slightly higher note!
  • Lots of walking around; hard to understand the Afghan’s speech; unsatisfactory ending. Best bit was Omar playing the Oudh at the end.