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Bridgend (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 25 June 2015 (Denmark)
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"Bridgend" follows Sara and her dad, Dave as they arrive in a small village in Bridgend County. The village is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants, and Sara falls dangerously ... See full summary »

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Jeppe Rønde
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Murray ... Sara
Josh O'Connor ... Jamie
Adrian Rawlins ... Vicar
Patricia Potter Patricia Potter ... Rachel
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Thomas' Mother
Steven Waddington ... Dave
Scott Arthur ... Thomas
Aled Llyr Thomas Aled Llyr Thomas ... Danny
Elinor Crawley ... Laurel
Jamie Burch Jamie Burch ... Angus
Mark Charles Williams Mark Charles Williams ... Twin 1
Adam Byard ... Twin 2
Natasha Denby Natasha Denby ... Cindy
Leona Vaughan ... Grace
Liam Dascombe Liam Dascombe ... Lewis
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"Bridgend" follows Sara and her dad, Dave as they arrive in a small village in Bridgend County. The village is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants, and Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie while Dave as the town's new policeman tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides. The film is an uncompromising story focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenagers and their parents who are left in the dark. The story of the film is based on a mysterious suicide cluster that took place in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales. Between December 2007 and January 2012 seventy-nine suicides were officially committed in the area. Most of the victims were teenagers, they hanged themselves and left no suicide notes. Danish documentary filmmaker Jeppe Rønde followed the teenagers from the area for six years and wrote the script based on their life stories. Bridgend is Rønde's fiction film debut. It is entirely shot on location ...

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Denmark) See more »

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A Bridgend Story See more »

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£1,000,000 (estimated)
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The poem that is read in school (and can also be heard in the trailer) is Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sara: [riding in a car] I don't remember this.
Dave: It hasn't changed much. Look out for number 42.
Sara: Okay.
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Very mixed emotions here.
14 May 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Got to be honest, I did not get what was going on. I'm thinking perhaps I'm just too old to understand what's going on in the minds of teenagers, though at the same time, I do remember times as a teenager when I left like just letting go.

The movie is based on actual events. A small town in the south of Whales that has had a high suicide rate among teenagers from 2007- 2012 and no explanation was given for why this was happening as the teens killed themselves without giving one.

It looks like the filmmakers are trying to make as real of a narrative as possible to what was going on in the town. Exploring the day to day lives of these kids as they attempt to live their lives to the fullest until one day they just decide they don't want to anymore.

I did like the look of the movie, and how it flowed. The main character, Sara was great to look at, I loved her interactions with other characters such as Thomas and Jamie, it was beautiful to watch and felt very natural, just a bunch of kids connecting. Also felt the music greatly added to the film. Bridgend really feels like the filmmakers are running the events through their heads to find an answer themselves to what's going on but never do.

Bridgeend works without a plot, which does not work for me. The movie is met for a certain type of person and I'm definitely not that person it's trying to reach and I just have to except that.

I did like the cinematography the art direction and the acting, but the concepts do not reach me and because of that I needed the answer these kids could not find.


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