‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Crackle in Chilly Irish Family Drama

‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Crackle in Chilly Irish Family Drama
Shared madness — or, at least, shared delusion — punctuated filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer’s striking debut “The Fits,” which followed a group of young dancers in Cincinnati who all fell prey to the same mysterious ailment and saw their bonds shift and change because of it. Holmer created her remarkable first film with editor and writer Saela Davis and they reteam on her second, “God’s Creatures,” with Davis taking a co-directing credit on another ambitious look inside a community defined by fractured, perhaps even crazy bonds.

Unlike “The Fits,” however, “God’s Creatures” is a decidedly chilly affair, both due to its location (a windswept Irish fishing village where people wear cozy sweaters even in May) and its subject matter (a prodigal son returns home and upends everyone’s lives). But And while that may be the point — what outsider could ever fully understand the rules and ways of this community? — the
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