Fthe first feature film director Ibrahim Miiro embarks on this urban drama set in London; for the first half hour, at least, it’s a film bursting with energy and adrenaline. Hannah Laresa Smith plays homeless teenage Ally who recently ran away from foster care. In the opening scenes showing his chaotic life on the streets, the camera claustrophobically sinks. Ally sleeps in the cold under a bridge by a canal and washes in the public toilets. She earns a few pounds as a courier for drug dealer Carol (Sallyann Fellowes), a mean bully who feigns mom-like heat. I watched with a feeling of icy dread, my hands clammy. Ally has no idea how much danger she is.
A confrontation ends up causing his situation to get out of hand. After being violently attacked, Ally runs away in a panic, leaving Carol’s money and drugs behind. And it’s here that the film turns disappointingly into a detective opera, with the arrival of drug lord Ilyas (played by Lithuanian actor Gediminas Adomaitis), another taciturn gangster in black costume in Euro-lore tradition. evil. Carol murmurs darkly that he has ties to a gang of human traffickers in the north. Ilyas gives Carol 24 hours to find the money – or Ally.
Terrified, Ally stays out of sight. His companion Josie, a few years older and hardened by the street, suggests prostitution. The only person who really cares for Ally is a lonely old man, Frank (Mike Kinsey), who has befriended her and now turns into a detective to find her. The story looks increasingly unconvincing and contrived, and the ending feels a bit sentimental. But Miiro leads with real confidence; it’s a name to watch out for.