Premiering two years ago at the London Film Festival, “The Silent Storm” has been on the shelf since, not screening at any other festivals, nor drawing any kind of buzz. But just like that, the movie is gearing up to open overseas, and now we can take a peek at the drama featuring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough.
Written and directed by Corinna McFarlane, the story is set on a remote Scottish island where a troubled teen is sent to live with a pastor and his wife, upturning their ascetic life. It’s definitely not the sexiest of material, which may be why it’s taken so long to find the big screen, but it does look to feature two strong turns at the center of the movie. Here’s the official synopsis:
On a wild and remote Scottish island, the respected local minister, Balor, fights to keep his disappearing community together. His beautiful, enigmatic wife Aislin is more in tune with nature than she is with her husband or the villagers. It’s clear she doesn’t belong here and is treated as a total outsider. A storm is raging inside their marriage.
They inhabit a strange, troubled relationship, which is reaching breaking point. A violent fight erupts between them. Suddenly amidst the chaos and confusion there is a knock at the door: a rugged 17-year-old delinquent has been sent to live with them – his last chance at rehabilitation. Aislin is drawn to this kindred spirit, another outcast. Together they drink in all the sensual beauty the island has to offer and their relationship delicately blossoms. His youthful nature ignites a passion within her, which offers her a way out of a life bound by convention and into the world beyond.
“The Silent Storm” opens in the U.K. on May 20th. There’s no U.S. distributor or date just yet.