The second part of Roberto Minervini’s Texas Trilogy, Low Tide is a disarming, lived-in drama set in the badlands of Texas. Centering upon a boy and his relationship with his mother over one long, hot Summer, the character known only as The Boy (and played brilliantly by newcomer Daniel Blanchard) is clearly being presented as a Huckleberry Finn for modern America. The timeless boyish pursuits of catching frogs, fishing and exploring the countryside interweave with backbreaking errands, caring for his party-hard mother (Melissa McKinney, another excellent performance) and making enough money to scrape by. Utilising improvisation and a non-professional cast, Low Tide conjours Twain, Dickens, and Malick, while remaining accessible and personal.
Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.