Following the death of their grandmother, Jamie and Tommy are separated. Tommy is relocated to a care home in Edinburgh, while Jamie moves in with his estranged, paternal grandmother. Instead of receiving love and attention, he finds himself on the wrong end of the old woman’s ire and cruelty. Alone and isolated, Jamie must learn to survive in this new environment, and perhaps one day reconnect with Tommy.
The second film in the autobiographical trilogy by Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas, he builds upon the previous instalment, continuing to use sparse dialogue and smart editing techniques to convey a realistic and almost documentary-like style.
“succeeds in evoking a genuine sense of compassion for the characters in these harsh tales” Time Out
“one of the most original and visceral contributions to British cinema” Film Reference