Low Winter Sun
My first Review
So I was a bit distracted watching Low Winter Sun.
It all seemed fairly simple at first.
Being mainly about the hero, male heroes. Or rather anti-hero & hero. No. Make that anti-hero & anti-hero.
The latter being how Low winter sun starts and as it carries on we twig, along with Mark Strong as Frank Agnew, that he has been right royally screwed, by Lennie James as Gides.
Because before you know it. right after the rather horrific slo-mo murder that happens very early on in front of our very eyes, Internal affairs turn up. The next morning.
Mark Strong or Frank in his 70’s met 90’s and had a hybrid baby suit. He looks somehow slightly Mafioso. Perhaps its the super sharp slightly silver grey suit. Frank is kind of hot with his bald head and eagle -eyed silent yet moody stare.
I though Lennie James or Gides, was Frank’s partner the way Gides was acting. I was surprised to discover that this was not the case. As they seemed so close. Were they mates then? Or had Gides just used the murder of Frank’s golden flashback lady in bed?
Gides tells Frank that :
“big man Haddock” (this is what everyone keeps calling him a bit like Captain Haddock in Tin Tin eh)
Yeah, big man Haddock we hear Gides tell Frank. has killed Frank’s beloved girlfriend. The golden flashback lady. Frank holds her golden heart shaped locket in his palm and looks at it mournfully.
Frank throws the locket into the toilet bowl,. He gets up from his-knees. Frank had been making vomiting noises as if ill from the night before. Maybe Frank really did throw up. He did have to get pretty drunk to do the deadly deed.
Frank’s sharp suited boss looks impossibly stylish and circa 1940’s in his trilby hat. He calls out to Frank. Frank flushes the locket away.
Frank and Gides think they have done the perfect crime, the perfect murder. To cuff-or not to cuff? that is the question. Myself i agreed with Gides that their decision on the cuffs might be their undoing.
Then there is a whole counter or is it sub-plot which involves fairly stylish as in cool crew on a boat kind of way, gangsters, as far as i can tell.
For a long while i was thinking that this tight knit band of variously bearded men might be deep undercover Police. Who would at some time unmask themselves.
Did the show play with this conjecture of mine in it’s construct i wondered as we watched the handsome gangster man go towards where the real Police were.
Ah, here it comes i thought, the meet, the secret word even. But no, the shot shifted leftwards to the guy throwing a gun out to sea. He wasn’t with the Policeman at all. It was an editing sleight of hand perhaps or my imagination.
So its all quite moody and stylish. The dialogue a little stilted. All pretty gloomy as far as lighting goes. As per usual.
It would be really helpful if all actors and actresses in such deep and meaningful dramas that are Stygian dense and shorn of light wore miners lamps, small ones would do, attached to their foreheads.
So as far as I can tell the gangster gang have nicked some coke & shot a guy for it and here is the connection they mention-big man Haddock. The now dead Policeman, partner of Gides. & up to his eyes in dodgy dealings it would seem.
So Gides had a game of his own going: well at least one which was, his latest bezzie mate Frank now realises, to get rid of Gide’s partner.
Gides knew about the Internal Affairs coming & so did his partner. Things must have been bad. Coming to a head.
Then, hey presto, whisper in Frank’s ear a bunch about the murder of Frank’s beloved being down to Big man Haddock, a bit of D.I.Y murder in the kitchen & problem solved! For Gides.
Gides who is acting all injured and shouty right now. Like he had a script prepared. For just this instance.
Oops. Frank sees the light.