When ‘My Son & The Hole Punch’ was recommended to me, I was told it was a must see. A film that was apparently ‘cleverly directed with a very strong cast’. Having seen the film however, I would strongly suggest that I was misled. For this was not a ‘strong cast’ it was a brilliant one, with truly breathtaking performances from both leads, Tom Conlan and Lourdes Faberes. Conlan, in particular, is outstanding, pushed to his limits by the film’s award winning Director, Giles Alderson.
The film centers on a young couple, Michael (Conlan) and Sue (Faberes), and their ongoing relationship which, quickly becomes apparent, is fraught with complexities. It is subtle in its execution but Conlan’s inner torment is captivating and he leads the audience on a merry dance throughout the picture, leaving subtle clues as to the sources of the couples problems, only to blow them (and us) all away in the spectacular final scene. It is beautifully directed by Alderson, whose next film ’47 Cleveland’ is soon to premier at the East London Film Festival. I am expecting big things.
The plaudits though, will be taken by Conlan and the incredible chemistry between him and his co-star Lourdes Faberes. He has a rare magnetism that I predict will thrust him into the world spotlight in the very near future. As was foretold, My Son & The Hole punch really is a must see. It is clever, wonderfully intense and at times, incredibly beautiful. But if all that does not do it for you, it is worth seeing alone for the wonderful emotional depth that Tom Conlan seems able to draw upon so effortlessly. Great leading men are notoriously difficult to find, Casting Directors everywhere take note. I think I just found one.