sociological/medical, sci-fi/thriller/mystery movie from relative newcomer Stuart Hazeldine (shown below) that was nominated this year for both a BAFTA and BIFA.
IFC has done, straight to its Festival Direct On-Demand, where, I suspect, immediate word-of-mouth will bring a batch of very satisfied viewers to its fold.
Marcelo Piñeyro's wonderful Spanish movie from 2005, The Method because, initially, Exam look very much like The Method meets Ten Little Indians (eight, in this case, as was true of The Method, too). The eight, once again, are applicants for a very high-level management position who have reached the final plateau before only one of them is picked for the job. In the movie's first minute or two, we see each of the candidates in quick close-up, as they dress for this final exam and then enter the room, below, in which it takes place.
We never leave that room.
Simon Garrity), so it's his baby all the way. He introduces facts about the world outside, as well as the candidates inside, in bits and pieces. As we learn these, our understanding grows, even as our assumptions are toppled. That one-room set seems to expand until, inside it, we're experiencing an entire city, maybe the world.
Colin Salmon (remember Prime Suspect 2 and Band of Gold?) shown, left;
Jimi Mistry (from East Is East, The Guru, Ella Enchanted and RocknRolla) at right, and Luke Mably (The Prince and Me and currently on TV in The Gates), shown two photos up, with gun.
The rest of the cast are newcomers to me but prove just as good: Pollyanna McIntosh (above),
Eventually, I imagine, we'll find it on DVD, particularly if, as I suspect, the film garners the kind of large audience it so thoroughly deserves.
Exam begin its On-Demand run July 23. You can learn how to get it here.