'Foxes' restricted by poor storyline

A stranger in a strange land is left alone by her deserting boyfriend and must cope with the consequences.

Director: Mira Fornayova

Cast: Reka Derzsi, Rita Banczi, Jonathan Byrne, Aaron Monaghan

Cert: 16

A stranger in a strange land is left alone by her deserting boyfriend and must cope with the consequences.

Not an easy task when the central character, Bekta (Derzsi), is in such a constant rollercoaster of conflicting emotions.

This joint Irish-Czech drama, set in Dublin, tries to shine a light on what it’s like to be that stranger – strange stranger – in Ireland and though it is a game attempt director Fornayova finds it difficult to steer the story to a satisfying conclusion.

Bekta falls on her more established sister Tina (Banczi) for support, but there is a sibling skeleton lurking in the shadows. And in the meantime the emotionally complex Bekta wanders around the seedier parts of the city.

Derzsi is, it has to be said, a fine actress but her performance is hampered by a storyline that struggles to find a worthwhile climax.

Star Rating: 3/5

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