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Film depicts how far city has come since darkest days of the Troubles

Review: The Move. Duncairn Centre, Belfast Film Festival

By Simon Fallaha

Published 23/04/2015

The Move is a convincing depiction of the hopes and fears people experience at a crucial point in their lives
The Move is a convincing depiction of the hopes and fears people experience at a crucial point in their lives

It's said that a house is full of bricks and beams, but a home is full of love and dreams. But in north Belfast nearly 30 years ago, the three families in the first half of Robin Wylie's 1988 documentary have not even dared to dream.

Their worlds have been shattered by intimidation, isolation and sectarianism. Leaving behind their soon-to-be former dwellings for new homes in a new housing project, they are on The Move.

And this 40-minute film of the same name is a convincing depiction of the hopes and fears they experience at this crucial point in their lives. For moving house will be as much a beginning as an end.

A well put-together, matter-of-fact combination of face-to-face interviews, sparse yet effective imagery and even a brief montage, The Move also works, today, as an informative reflection of how far Belfast has progressed since the '80s - and how far it hasn't. Themes of change and contrast resonate further now; think of one family's move from a block of flats to a reassuring suburban development, then consider how Belfast's architectural landscape has transformed in the 21st century.

Writer Trevor Williams' narration lends the film a comforting, confident tone. He helps express what the families are expressing themselves after their move: that they will, after all, have positive dreams to go with the love that already binds them.

Three stars

Belfast Telegraph

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