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Experience this award-winning, off-beat tale of a mismatched pair of traveling salesmen in the business of literally cleaning out skeletons from closets. Together, Davis and Bennett wander in and out of stranger’s lives performing ‘The Procedure’ and expose people's innermost secrets behind their doors of lies. However, when the duo arrive at a remote family home, they face a challenge unlike anything they've seen before. Can they finish the job or will they remain trapped in the closet, perpetually haunted by their own skeletons?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: with its pitch-perfect performances, surreal streak of humour, strong sense of place and poignant notes of melancholy, it might just be the finest cult film to have come from Britain since Withnail and I (1987).
Fresh: One hesitates to over-praise such a delicate, small-scale work, but Whitfield seems like a major talent.
Fresh: Balancing oddity and fantasy with real emotions and pain is a difficult trick to pull off. Whitfield has managed it nicely.
Rotten: A leftfield comedy of the mundane with a sci-fi edge, 'Skeletons' doesn't quite know what to do with its bold ideas.
A low-key breath of fresh air
Skeletons may have been made on a shoestring budget but there is nothing 'little' about this film which is original, funny, startling and deeply poignant. It is difficult to fully explain the film, which is a mark of its originality, but the premise concerns two characters, Bennett and Davis, who work as 'psychic cleaners'. They literally track down and expose the skeletons in people's closets using a method known as The Procedure. Although they work to request, via a head operative known as The Colonel who handles their assignments (the always excellent Jason Isaacs, now better known as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies), the results are sometimes not so welcome for the couple who has placed the order.
Bennett and Davis find themselves facing their most challenging case yet when they are called in by a woman who is desperate to find her husband who disappeared eight years ago. It is the start of a journey that will force them to face not only their client's skeletons but also their own.
If you are in the mood for something different ( and have no need of subtitles to understand British regional accents!) then watch this film. You won't regret it. It is a tiny, breathtaking gem, engrossing from start to finish.