“Funny dark and twisted. A great little film.” Dazed and Confused
“‘Irony has no place in this room,’ advises Donna Shuck (Elizabeth McGovern), as she welcomes a new group of variously needy inviduals who’ve signed up for her seven-step programme, ‘Adventures in Truth’. No place at Serenity Lodge in the remote Highlands, perhaps, but irony is plentiful in Milton’s low-budget but highly satisfying, slyly intelligent UK indie.
An inevitably motley crew gathers to confront the truth about themselves (and, of course, each other): feisty wheelchair-user Candy (Elaine Cassidy), bankrupt dotcom queen Martha, sensitive Spud, predatory lech Felix, nurse-turned-dominatrix Blossom, muso Scott, and Croatian Mia, whom Donna allows into therapy sessions in return for cooking and house-cleaning… Cue, just as inevitably given the way such movie gatherings go, an accelerating spiral of spiteful lies and recriminations, as the shared oath to tell the truth and nothing but takes its toll…
Nothing else is inevitable, however, in this engagingly fresh take on a subgenre of potentially slim pickings. With consistently interesting plot twists and shifts in power between the uncertainly allied characters, the film’s a real rollercoaster, alternating deliciously deadpan humour with serious insights, deft satire with dark suspense, and even managing to succeed, here and there, in several different tonal registers at once.
Though it may seem clear where Milton’s sympathy lies, he keeps pulling the rug from under our feet, so we’re never quite sure whether we’re watching a mystery thriller, a sophisticated parody or a wry comment on our capacity to turn ethics into whatever’s expedient. Only at the end are we left with any certainty: the truth is dead. Long live the truth!
” Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“While the drama’s occasionally intense, this is most enjoyable for its dark comedy, satirising the self-help world without falling back on lazy clichés (Karl Theobald draws from his Green Wing persona to particularly amusing effect). This won’t be for everyone, but if you’re willing to be drawn into its odd, dark little world, it has many pleasures. Wickedly funny.”
“Superb acting and a wickedly funny script… Elizabeth McGovern is gloriously chilling… Tear yourself away from Celebrity Big Brother and watch a real psychodrama unfold.” Evening Standard
“THE TRUTH is a perky British low budgeter …Is it a parable about US cinema’s dominance over British film culture ? Is it an allegory about Bush’s dominance over Blair? Or is it – it probably is – a shrewdly ironic tale about the need to keep other people out of our brains, unless they have been properly screened, scanned and intellectually credit-rated?” Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
“We’ve seen quite a few British comedies this year which confirm the dictum that you can never make a good film out of a bad script. The Truth didn’t have that problem. Skillfully balancing black comedy with a murder-mystery (yes, you read right), George Milton’s Highlands-set movie had some of the funniest scenes we saw all year. It also lacerated political correctness and group therapy with the precision of a surgeon.” BBC Film Network – Best 10 UK Films 2006
“A very eccentric and very British low budget film, which is well worth seeking out.” The Independent
“Believe me. You can’t handle The Truth…” Daily Mail