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"The performances in October Gale subvert genre expectations: [Patricia] Clarkson displays toughness and resolve without turning into Liam Neeson, and the distressed [Scott] Speedman is as vulnerable as he is determined. When Tim Roth arrives (in his full Rothness) to finish off Speedman, his malevolence is cut with a paternal solicitude. As in Cairo Time, writer and director [Ruba] Nadda uses location and score to great effect. Cinematographer Jeremy Benning highlights the blues and grays of the frigid lake and overcast sky, and aerial shots of Helen's boat amid rugged granite islands emphasize her isolation. There's an Old Hollywood romanticism to Mischa Chillak's music, underscoring the noirish elements in Nadda's subdued and intimate thriller, where regret is as deadly as a firearm."
-- Serena Donadoni

Donadoni, Serena. "October Gale is a character-driven thriller." Review of October Gale. The Village Voice, March 4, 2015.