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Keeping Rosy review

After a bad day at work...

Passed over at work and living in monastic luxury in her wipe-clean London apartment, brittle businesswoman Charlotte (Maxine Peake) comes home to find her Polish cleaner smoking , firing her on the spot. An argument ensues, and she soon finds herself caught in an escalating catastrophe that unfolds tensely, seemingly in real time.

The third-act intrusion by Blake Harrison's (Neil from The Inbetweeners ) manic security guard opens the film up too far. But Peake is typically excellent throughout, helping Steve Reeves' debut (from a smart script co-authored with Mike Oughton) to emerge as an old-fashioned, quietly coiled thriller of things that could happen.

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Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.