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Richard Bracewell

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About the Film

In one of his darkest roles, Richard E. Grant plays an ageing professor obsessed with his star student, Polly (Fraser). Polly is trapped in a dead-end job working for intrusive Professor Julius Greengrass (Grant). Her relationship with boyfriend Chapman (Adam Fenton) is falling apart, and jealous sister Jimi (Antonia Bernath) rarely leaves her side. When Polly has the chance to escape, her nearest and dearest have other ideas. Alone in her flat, Polly struggles to keep her grip on reality. Mysterious sounds surround her, voices in the darkness, whispers of deceit. Polly knows shes not cuckoo, but why wont the noises go away? She turns to the one person she can trust; her boss. But Julius has a dark secret of his own. He wants Polly, and hell do anything to get her. Using oppressive cinematography and a haunting soundtrack from BAFTA nominee Andrew Hewitt, writer/director Richard Bracewell, whose first film was the acclaimed low-budget comedy The Gigolos, carefully builds Pollys world, echoing her stressed and anxious state. Expertly played by Fraser, we feel Pollys sense of isolation as events unfold around her in this darkly atmospheric and compelling story of deception and intrigue. Cuckoo teases and provokes as it heads towards its dramatic and shocking climax, asking as many questions as it answers.

Customer Reviews


what extras Sam? good film btw

cuckoo no. 1

great film the bonfire scene and all the extras make it a film of the decade 10/10 !!!!!!!

Not as clever as it hopes.

I went to see this film eaarlier this year at my local independent cinema with a great deal of excitement. What I came out with was disappointment. The story telling is messy, the characters seem shallow throughout and you never really feel the tension in the film. That said, the acting and the camera work and settings are good. It's one of those films that could have been great, but there were just too many flaws in the story telling. Possibly worth a rental, I don't think it's one to buy.