Lonely, awkward middle aged Carl just got out of jail and is slowly trying to get things together, even daring to go out on a date with a girl. But a surprise visit from his elderly mother sends his newfound life spiralling out of control. A superb Toby Jones in an unsettling, nerve-racking psychological thriller that borrows from Hitchcock and Lynch.
Toby Jones is always a pleasure to watch, but the fact that Kaleidoscope really gets under your skin isn’t just due to his performance. His brother Rupert (the film’s director) also makes the most of the utterly depressing British working class location. With its drab colour scheme, cheap furniture and oppressive spaces, some of the shots are simply stunning, borrowing from Hitchcock and Lynch, but keeping it very close to home. Unsettling and nerve-racking due to its very intimate and psychological subject matter, Kaleidoscope has a few tricks up its sleeve that elevate it from kitchen sink drama to suspenseful thriller.