Inland Freaks

It takes a brave film maker to tackle subjects that are by and large taboo. Child abuse and paedophilia may not be taboo per se, in that they are depicted in a number of films and other media, but rarely is it tackled from the perspective of the perpetrator and especially not in a soft, almost sympathetic way.

This film does this in a way that isn’t disrespectful to victims but highlights the humanity within those that offend. It looks at repentance, mental anguish, guilt, denial and suffering but it never portrays itself as feeling sorry for the offenders.

The film is powerful and atmospheric whilst remaining simple in structure and narrative. A prison setting is always going to bring a dramatic flair, but here, couple with the music and the melancholic ambience it provides a very somber atmosphere that suits the story and its characters perfectly.

The script is emotionally charged yet completely controlled, with well delivered and thought provoking dialogue that feels natural and thought through. Despite never really getting to know any of the characters they feel developed and well written. The narrative, although seemingly simple on the surface, provides a lot of well developed story that runs deeper than it initially appears.

The cinematography and production is outstanding. Excellent use of music and photography emphasise the films atmosphere and melancholia. Visually the dull, almost depressing colours mirror the offenders moods and mentality as does the music.

The film takes a risk in its topic but it pays off in its execution.