Life stories of the inhabitants of a Scottish town were incorporated into the screenplay, after which they played themselves. The arrival of a stranger, the young fugitive Bodkin Ras (played by Sohrab Bayat, the only real actor), worries them. Who or what is he fleeing? And how dangerous is he?
You can’t help missing an outsider in the small Scottish town of Forres. And that while Bodkin Ras wants to keep his head down, because he’s on the run. In this mixture of fiction and documentary, Sohrab Bayat, who plays the title role, is the only actor. The other characters are inhabitants of Forres, who play themselves and whose striking life stories are incorporated into the script. The boundaries between reality and fiction fade and this gives the film a special atmosphere.
The hybrid form ensures that Bodkin Ras works on several levels. It helps you get to know a fascinating town and its inhabitants, all of whom have their own cares. But it’s also the universal story of a man looking for a place where he can start afresh. He notices that he can’t shake the past off just like that, however: he shall first have to come to terms with himself. Winner FIRPESCI Award 2016.