Irish horror raises a few shudders

Cinema: The Canal. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Nationwide, cert 16. Rating: ***. Girlhood. Directed by: Céline Sciamma. Selected, cert 15A. Rating: **** . Also opening Phoenix (IFI, no cert). Christian Petzold reunites with star Nina Hoss for the sto

9th May, 2015
Lindsay Karamoh, Assa Sylla, Karidja Touré and Marietou Toure in Girlhood

John Maguire

Having distilled the delusion and despair of the Celtic Tiger era in a twinned pair of heartbreaking family dramas, Our Wonderful Home and The Fading Light, independent Irish writer and director Ivan Kavanagh switches gear for the grisly psychological thriller The Canal: a ghost story that, like the titular body of water, hides a foul decay beneath its glossy black surface.

The film opens with a warning from film archivist David (Rupert Evans)...

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