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70 Ratings

For Those in Peril

Directed by Paul Wright
United Kingdom, 2013


Aaron, a young misfit in a remote Scottish community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother.

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For Those in Peril Directed by Paul Wright

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2014 | Nominee: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

The film’s audaciously fantastical final scene completely upends the naturalistic miserablism that precedes it, and forces a wholesale reconsideration of the story. You might understand this ending as an eruption of magical realism, or simply laugh your ass off. Though this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, For Those in Peril is a strong first film—but still very much a first attempt.
May 07, 2014
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This glum, drizzle-swept, lightly (but not overtly) experimental drama from debut director Paul Wright presents, at the very least, a talent facing in the right direction… Though the spiralling sense of danger imbues the drama with its momentum, Wright is still prone to take cutesy diversions that dull the intensity of film’s psychological core. There’s also no real sense of mystery, as the film neatly doles out all the relevant exposition within the first five minutes.
October 03, 2013
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It would have been wonderful, in a way, to see first-time feature director Paul Wright win the SFP for his genuinely audacious, though flawed, For Those in Peril. It’s too long and too overwrought in parts, but when you get to the final sequence and realise what he’s constructed, it hits you in the gut and the mind in a way that no other film in the competition quite manages. It’s a pure cinema vision that packs an emotional wallop.
September 26, 2013
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