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Four Eyes

A no-budget Scottish vidpic centered on a charming loser, "Four Eyes" has a feel for everyday comic absurdities and characters, but pic still pegs its multi-hyphenate creator, Duncan Finnigan ("Two Donuts," 2001), as a potential talent in waiting. This is one for the digifest circuit rather than more name events.

A no-budget Scottish vidpic centered on a charming loser, “Four Eyes” has a feel for everyday comic absurdities and characters, but pic still pegs its multi-hyphenate creator, Duncan Finnigan (“Two Donuts,” 2001), as a potential talent in waiting. This is one for the digifest circuit rather than more name events.

Set in Finnigan’s native Lanarkshire, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and permeated with broad Scottish accents, pic follows Paul Hunt (Finnigan), a trainee salesman for boss-from-hell Big Al (Gordon Grant). Apparently mugged and his deposit for a new house stolen, Paul tries to recover the money while keeping the theft secret from his wife, Joanne (Wilma Hunt, Finnigan’s wife, d.p. and co-producer), and sickly father (John Smith). Dialogue swings between funny sequences of Big Al bullying his staff and quieter moments back home, both underscored by a bleakness that comes to the fore in the final reel. Tech credits are basic, visual style non-existent. It’s all in the dialogue and performances, both of which are interesting but not fully realized.

Four Eyes

U.K.

  • Production: A FIN Scotland Prod. production. Produced by Duncan Finnigan, Wilma Smith. Directed, written by Duncan Finnigan.
  • Crew: Camera (color, Beta SP), Wilma Smith; editor, Finnigan. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (British Gala), Aug. 20, 2003. Running time: 73 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Duncan Finnigan, John Smith, Gordon Grant, Wilma Smith, Mark O'Hare, Douglas Irvine, John Marshall, Jean Lowe, Iain Webb, Janice Dornan.