Director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature sees land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) working in a remote woodland area.
Having begun his task alone, the location has unsettled Eric, a situation not alleviated by the arrival of assistant and mistress Olivia (Niamh Algar). Instead, his mental state worsens as the woods come to seem increasingly threatening. Suffused with elements taken from Irish mythology, Without Name, while undoubtedly taking its place in the folk horror tradition, is equally interested in its central character’s psychological isolation from both those around him and his environment, to which he must eventually adapt or succumb. It makes for hypnotic, unsettling viewing.
Notes by Kevin Coyne