When we think of post-apocalyptic movies it usually involves abandoned metropolises, urban chaos, marauding tattooed tribes or shuffling gangs of the undead. Most are fanciful, action-packed tales of survival against insurmountable foes that bear little resemblance to reality.
But what would happen if there were a global catastrophe and you lived in rural Ireland, for example? How would you survive?
100 Mornings posits this scenario as its starting point. Two couples are living in a cottage a short distance from the nearest village. They have food and alcohol but cigarettes are running low. There’s no power or fuel, and nothing on the car radio. Their new-age survivalist neighbour has a gun, as do some of the villagers and the local Garda.
As the days pass interminably slowly, relationships become strained and desperation starts to set in as the supplies dwindle.
The film generates a sense of terse drama, as ordinary people try to survive in extraordinary circumstances. It is the references to the familiar which make this movie completely engrossing – a brilliant departure from the tried-and-tested post-apocalyptic norm!
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Sun 24 April, 8.00pm Apollo Piccadilly