The Pass (2016)

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Ben A Williams' feature debut is a brilliantly executed adaptation of John Donnelly's acclaimed Royal Court production, detailing the journey of two young footballers over the course of a decade. The film opens with them holed up in a hotel room in Bulgaria the night before a big match and there's tension in the air. These highly-trained, physical young men are best mates and rivals, playing out their insecurities through savagely hilarious verbal exchanges and sexually-charged hi-jinks. Money, sex and winning a place on the squad are their obsessions, but the laddish rhythms of their quick fire dialogue are interrupted by an unexpectedly intimate moment. The 'pass' of the title refers both to the games played on the pitch and off, the repercussions of which drive the film's riveting narrative. Skilfully capturing the harsh and unforgiving glare of celebrity, this is a claustrophobic account of two men forced to live with the painful reality of their choices.

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