The Power of Tainted Love – a 65-second ‘Sightseers’ Review

Part travelogue, part murder spree, Sightseers (2012) is a whimsically dark romantic comedy (of sorts) that begs the enduring universal question: why do so many people have to die in a quest for true love?

Chris and Tina ( Steve Oram and Alice Lowe who also co-wrote the screenplay) have known each other for just a few months when the latter, deciding to break free from her sheltered life and domineering gin-guzzling mother, packs her homemade wool lingerie and joins her new boyfriend for a week-long camper vacation through the northern British countryside, where museums honoring pencils and public tramways await. As do self-absorbed and rude tourists.

She quickly learns that mild-mannered working class hero Chris doesn’t like being rubbed the wrong way. When he’s annoyed with and ignored by a litterbug at the initial stop on their grand tour, he seizes the first opportunity to run him down and crush him to death with his caravan.

That’s just the first of a series of oh-so-gruesome murders that eventually make the couple a modern day Bonnie and Clyde. Tina’s initial misgivings don’t last long and she decides to stand by her man until the dramatic closing scene where the couple, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love” pounding in the background, prepares to prove their love from atop the Ribblehead Viaduct.

It’s wicked and funny, bloody and honest. With one-liners like, “He’s not a person, he’s a Daily Mail reader,” what’s not to like?

And the trailer:

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Screened at the 24th Ljubljana International Film Festival, 06-Nov-2013.
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