Director: Ben Sharrock

Cast: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen


104 minutes, United Kingdom, 2020,15A

Omar (Amir El-Masry) is a young Syrian musician stationed upon a fictional remote Scottish island, where he and a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Omar shares his accommodation with Farhad, a Freddie Mercury fan who fled Afghanistan; Nigerian Wasef, who dreams of footballing glory; and Abedi, a reluctant realist.

Isolated from his family and any sense of belonging in a strange land, a broken arm leaves Omar feeling further adrift and unable to play his grandfather’s oud (a stringed instrument), which he has carried all the way from his homeland.

Grounded by El-Masry’s tender and understated performance, Limbo deftly balances comedy with melancholy, to create a wonderfully touching story about wanting to belong.

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