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The Survivalist

In a gritty, post-apocalyptic thriller, three survivors each have their own agenda. Which one of them will prove to be the real survivalist?

Director Stephen Fingleton
UK 2015
103 minutes


With Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere
Language English

The Survivalist

After large parts of the world’s population have been wiped out, a nameless man lives alone on a farm. One day his solitude is disrupted by the arrival of Kathryn and her daughter Milja. What follows is a laborious attempt to coexist in a world where trust has disappeared.

Surviving the apocalypse is one thing, carving out a humane and social existence afterwards is quite another. It’s a theme that runs through more films, with The Battery, El Desierto and Into the Forest being a few recent examples. Director Fingleton, who received a BAFTA nomination for his film, takes a radical approach, with long takes and little dialogue. He manages to retain the suspense throughout, aided by the fact that he only allows his actors a minimum of expression. This way you never know who is plotting what. And it makes the finale hit extra hard.