Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Hector (2015)

Starring Scotland very own Peter Mullan, Hector is a movie that could easily be directed by Ken Loach but is not. Instead it’s the directing and writing debut of Jake Gavin who makes a grand job of it.

Hector McAdam (Mullan) has been homeless for best part of 15 years. Following a hospital appointment in Glasgow he decides to try and reconnect with his estranged sister in Newcastle while on his trip to his regular Christmas shelter in London, where as well as a bed and warm food for a few days he can catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

We eventually get some idea why this deeply secretive man is on what seems like a personal dead end journey but in the meantime we follow the ups and downs of his life thumbing lifts on the UK's motorways, and sleeping in service stations. Although I would recommend this movie, mainly for the convincing performances from its grand cast, I would suggest that the kindnesses received by our homeless is not quite as positive as those portrayed in this movie.

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