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
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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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