Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a number of films for Cardiff Mini Film Festival. The festival is on June 26th at Chapel 1877.

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Stones is nominated in the Fiction Category.

Stones is a lovely film. If I’m honest, I want to stop there as it’s not a movie that needs to be deconstructed.

It’s a film that leaves you feeling as though, despite what the media tell us, there’s still a lot of good in the world and that problems, no matter how big they feel, can be overcome in the simplest of ways.

The problems that affect the main character are problems that affect a lot of people. Often, these people can be referred to as the silent majority and with that in mind, Stones will speak to a lot of people and hopefully, provide a slightly different outlook.

Sure, it’s set with a message to listen to if you really want to but that message is intertwined with humour and tender moments that make it a joy to watch.

For a film that focuses on such a harrowing subject, I laughed out loud twice. Not just a little laugh, but a proper roar. To achieve that, amongst everything else it tries to achieve is a master stroke.

Some films try to add a twist or a change of pace but Stones doesn’t try to be anything it doesn’t need to be. Instead, we have a well-paced story that keeps us watching from the first second. You really care about the two characters involved and the empathy you show to one character turns into empathy and admiration for the other towards the end of the film.

Storyline and characters aside, it’s beautifully shot. The setting brings both bleakness and hope in equal measure and it really adds to the feelings mentioned above.

I enjoyed this so much that I was ready to watch it again as soon as the credits started rolling and that really says something about how good Stones is.

Produced by Christopher J Lang
Written by Derek Palmer
Director of Photography – Tom Barker