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Sightseers

Sightseers
Starring:
Alice Lowe and Steve Oram


Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 10, 2013 Released by: IFC Films

Black comedy and a romantic caravan aren't in short supply in maneuvering around the British Isles. One that offers jagged exuberance through sketch artists in Alice Lowe and Steve Oram under the breezy direction of Ben Wheatley (Kill List).

Irritating victims are in the way of Oram's Chris and Lowe's Tina besides her meddling mum (Eileen Davies) and the loss of a beloved pooch in the well-paced, often unpredictable Sightseers. A decidedly English feel may not provide the kind of delight across the pond, but in moving from offbeat tourist attractions through exhilarating landscapes it has even more of an engaging foreboding quality to it than the recent if all but forgotten Stoker.

From the outlook of a new adorable canine that swirls memories of good times for Tina, a camaraderie of a sweetly developing relationship where each partner learns about another has witty, wicked and grisly offshoots. Horribly, diverting fun can be had through the deft work of Wheatley in handling a polished production and the roles so distinctively portrayed in a rather short run time by Oram and Lowe. Chris's aspirations may be dashed to a degree in wanting to show off the likes of Crich Tramway Museum, Ribblehead Viaduct, and Keswick Pencil Museum to Tina as a vividly impulsive Sightseers sensibly stokes itself as thoroughly watchable art-house fare.

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