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Off Piste

Off Piste

Some mistakes will haunt you forever.Sep. 12, 2016 UK91 Min.
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9.2 952 votes

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Director

Glen Kirby
Director

Cast

Henry Douthwaite isStanley Winters
Stanley Winters
Lara Lemon isNiamh O'Brian
Niamh O'Brian
Yvonne O'Grady isMary Winters
Mary Winters

Synopsis

An ex-SAS recluse, living in the mountains of France to escape a traumatic past, is hunted down by those who’s lives he has destroyed.

Off Piste
Original titleOff Piste
IMDb Rating4.4 282 votes
TMDb Rating3.5 2 votes

(10) comments

  • Score SheetSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Very affecting, an amazing achievement.

    I wasn’t expecting a lot from this. No stars, slightly dodgy DVD
    artwork, and according to IMDb a £25k budget.

    I was really surprised. not only is it beautifully shot and edited (the
    final 15 minutes in particular really had me on the edge of my seat)
    but the performances are so well judged; the characters are flawed but
    interesting, everyone has conflicting motivations and it has led to a
    taught, compelling and visually interesting piece of work that feels
    like a film made for 100x its budget. Writer/Director Glen Kirby and
    his team have a bright future.

    Particular note to Lara Lemon, who despite having an unfortunate last
    name is both fantastically talented and breathtakingly beautiful. If
    she’s not a major star by the time she’s 30 there’s no justice in this
    world.

  • The_MunkieOctober 21, 2016Reply

    Beautifully shot and brilliantly acted film that is more complex than you would think.

    The DVD cover gives the impression that this is a one-man revenge
    story, but you will be surprised as to who is really out for revenge,
    and what the cost of that will be.

    The two central characters lives are torn apart after a British soldier
    kills a young boy during an IRA meeting raid. Years later the soldier
    is in seclusion still trying to come to terms with what he did.
    Meanwhile the boy’s older sister, now a woman, seeks the soldier out.

    Both actors bring a quiet humanity to their roles and as the layers of
    hate and imagined monsters start to peel away what could have been a
    simple story develops into a more complex exploration of the struggle
    for forgiveness; to yourself and to others.

    Beautifully shot on location, with some stunning aerial photography. It
    is the two main actors who hold the attention Henry Douthwaite is
    compelling fighting his inner demons. And it says everything that the
    wonderful Lara Lemon has won a Best Supporting Actress Award for this
    film, heartbreakingly displaying the struggle between a need for
    revenge and the growing realisation that this will not bring her
    happiness.

    An impressive project made on a small budget. Give it a watch if you
    want to see some great upcoming talent before they become big stars.

  • Alan WalshDecember 15, 2016Reply

    Just Terrible

    First off, this is about an EX PARA TROOPER, NOT SAS. I have not heard
    so many appalling Irish Accents since that Garbage with Harrison Ford
    and Brad Pitt (Devils Own) and that other travesty with Jeff Bridges
    and Tommy Lee Jones (Blown Away) The main Reviewer, just like Dozens of
    others on IMDb, is clearly a ‘Friend of the Family’ or someone close to
    whomever compiled this utter utter tripe. The Lead Actor is Fine and I
    suppose his Mother was OK, but the so called ‘Irish Characters’ will
    make you cringe, they are so poor. How the Hell this was nominated for
    anything other than the Bin is a Joke on us ALL and just proves that
    Film makers today can get away with heaping untold filth in disguise as
    Art upon us with impunity. AVOID AVOID AVOID!

  • pter-06481December 15, 2016Reply

    a welcome change after a heap of cgi nonsense out there.

    I was sorry to read the negative review ,bad accents ,sas or not , but
    for me those were not important at all for the story .

    A beautiful construct about human fallibility and forgiveness and how
    the world is not black or white.

    We need more films like this with different talent to refresh what is
    becoming very stale in the world of cgi blockbusters .

    Some of the still shots conveyed so much and it goes to show that less
    is often more !

    Well its quite annoying having to fill ten lines Mr IMDb !

    OK one more line

  • MersaultDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Solid movie to see at home

    Watched the movie and came to IMDb and realized the most voted review
    was really punishing on the movie although IMO it wasn’t that bad.

    The movie serves its purpose and it doesn’t drag the story making it a
    1:30h enjoyable movie.

    Solid performances by all main actors.

    Not sure about the bad Irish accent since English is not my mother
    language but it probably helped me to understand the movie without
    subtitles.

    6,5 out of 10

    thanks

  • kjillmanDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Dreadful,boring don’t read the glowing reviews from family members

    Luckily I downloaded this tripe so didn’t part with any money. What a
    complete shambles of a film. The main actor actually isn’t all that bad
    he just let down by a crap script.

    As another reviewer has mentioned the Irish accents are terrible and
    the female lead really needs to give up the acting lark!

    Stay away Read a book Do the washing go shopping or put this on to fall
    asleep to!

    I need to write 10 lines for this review I think I have spent long
    enough on this but need to do my duty and steer you all away from this
    dross!

  • ingramriceJanuary 18, 2017Reply

    Awards

    Is this the best film in the world..no but then again it’s definitely
    not the worst. Considering its small budget it has been beautifully
    shot. Some of the Northern Irish accents are a bit dodgy but the main
    actors manage it well. Lara Lemon won best supporting actress at the
    New York film festival and best actress at the Southampton film
    festival and these are not given out lightly. What I don’t understand
    are the Mr. Angry reviews. Very strange ! Watch it you won’t be
    disappointed. Lara Lemon has a brilliant name and is memorizing to
    watch. She’s one to watch for the future For a small budget it was
    excellent

  • sirkayofssssMarch 20, 2017Reply

    depressing

    this film is slow moving sad and at times boring but i guess its not an
    awful movie and it’s solid so i suppose you could at least say they
    tried and i think it was shot well

    ehhh i didn’t hate it but i wouldn’t watch it again so i don’t know
    what to say to you because i don’t think it’s bad but it’s not great
    either

  • Peter Pluymers ([email protected])March 27, 2017Reply

    The initial idea was interesting. The outcome was so exaggerated.

    Looking at the cover of ”Off Piste”, you’re expecting a pure survival
    movie full of action and chases in a French snowy landscape. That’s not
    the case. It’s rather a psychological drama in which processing a
    traumatic experience is the central theme. First we meet Stanley
    Winters (Henry Douthwaite) who during a military raid on a local pub,
    where I.R.A. members were discussing something, accidentally shot the
    young son of one of these members. And then there’s Niamh O’Brien (Lara
    Lemon) who witnessed the death of her younger brother and father that
    evening as a young girl. Both are struggling with the past. Stanley
    stows away his military combat uniform after this incident and moves to
    the French Alps where he’ll live with his blind mother (Yvonne O’Grady)
    in a remote mountain cabin. There he tries to find inner peace.

    As Niamh discovers the real truth about the death of her father and
    brother, she leaves Ireland confidently and travels to the French
    mountain village. The further progress of the story seems to be
    evident. You can only guess what motives Niamh has to find those
    responsible. Is it to avenge her loss? A revenge because her life ended
    up in a series of depressions? Or is it because she wants to deal with
    the past and finally be able to leave it all behind? That the person
    who took care of her afterwards still has a dossier lying around about
    Winters, is an indication about the unlikely and the sometimes
    nonsensical events.

    I liked the psychological aspect and thought it was interesting enough.
    Stanley struggling with his inner demons and using a female
    psychiatrist (who displays more uncertainties than her patient) to
    channel his recovery. Even Stanley’s mother tries to get her son back
    on the right path so that he rediscovers the meaning of life. That’s
    why she acts like a mother hen, the moment Niamh arrives. As a true
    matchmaker she tries to hook them up. She isn’t aware of the dreadful
    link that connects the two.

    What’s the flaw in this film you wonder? The absurdity of the two
    idiotic Irish guys, traveling headlong to the French Alps. Ethan (Jared
    Fortune) , because he believes that he sees himself as the fiancée of
    Niamh and he finds it hard to bear that she’s looking for another man.
    And then there’s Logan (Paul McGuinness). He’s just in it because he
    has probably nothing else to do. They arrive at the French village like
    two genuine Irish hooligans. Ethan confronts Niamh with the fact that
    she first had to consult with him. A bit later he clears off like a
    beaten dog after she made it perfectly clear to him what their
    relationship is about. The resulting response is so excessive that the
    credibility of the whole film is brought down. If these two skirts
    hunters have experienced many rejections in their homeland, I fear the
    female part of the population was decimated in number. I’ve always said
    that foam-free, warm beer is fatal for human brain cells.

    So despite the beautiful renditions of Henry Douthwaite and Yvonne
    O’Grady, ”Off Piste” reasonably far-fetched. I understand that without
    the intervention of Etahn and Logan the complete movie would be kind of
    banal with just scenes of two traumatized souls. But as I said before,
    the motivation for their intervention is totally whacked. Even the
    ultimate action from Stanley is in terms of coincidence grossly
    exaggerated. Regrettable. Because eventually I found the underlying
    issue extremely interesting.

    More reviews here : http://bit.ly/1KIdQMT

  • s3276169May 23, 2017Reply

    Piste Off…..

    Off Piste could have been an exceptional film, with more careful
    handling.

    Sharper, more intelligent narrative and a simpler, more considered
    story line, with perhaps the IRA, taking the place of the weird
    sociopath forlorn boyfriend/sidekick thing, would could have seen this
    film shine.

    Indeed, the last quarter of the film is very watchable and hints at
    what this film could have achieved. Six out of ten from me.

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