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User review rating: 3 December 13, 2022

The film is based on Kaite O’Reilly’s 2008 stage play of the same name. It's a play that originally opened in a small studio theatre in Cardiff, Wales. Kaite O’Reilly creates a character study which the audiences engaged with on a natural and emotional level. The challenge in the writing is taking the lyrical and poetic theatrical language and fitting it into a visual world, shaping it into a new form for cinema and creating new characters to support the story. The film is set in the UK but not London, in a second city type place like Liverpool where we've old and new, coastal and city, town and country all under the same sky. ‘The Almond And The Seahorse’ are the nicknames given to the parts of our brains that lay down new memories and hold on to the old ones. An emotionally charged drama, "The Almond And The Seahorse" chronicles the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on sufferers and their relatives. Tracking the emotional afterburn of a traumatic event, the narrative offers a poignant story of dedication. Filmed across Liverpool and North Wales, the film asks the question, what happens when you're ambushed by time as your memories begin to delete and relationships begin to disintegrate? You're able to make something positive for the world during a difficult time and that feels good. You don’t have to have been affected by TBI to understand or relate to the film because it's a story that could and does happen to any of us. It's a simple story about surviving love and being alive. The script is too intrusive and opinionated with the camera, we're there to rubberneck in on the distress of these characters. We miss enough courage to hold our nerve and allow the audience to witness the changes in characters and mood, not look away from pain or beauty in equal measures because that’s the sum of life, bitter and sweet. Written by Gregory Mann

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