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‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson Anchors Powerful, Unsettling Irish Drama

‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson Anchors Powerful, Unsettling Irish Drama

“We’re all God’s creatures in the dark.” It’s a mysterious, yet resonant, sentiment, a pebble of wisdom about humanity that one might roll over again and again, worrying its surface. This line — which gives Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis the title of their intimate family drama “God’s Creatures,” set in a blustery Irish fishing village — is one of the life lessons Sarah has accrued in her young, tough life. She shares it, ruefully, with Aileen (Emily Watson), her friend and manager at a fish processing plant, over a cigarette.

Sarah is referring to her abusive ex Francie when she speaks to Aileen, but the opaque statement, which straddles the line between the dark and the divine, an insight at once profound, ambiguous, and cutting, becomes a prophecy as “God’s Creatures” evolves into a subtly striking suspense thriller.

In 2015, Holmer and Davis collaborated on the critically acclaimed and award-winning “The Fits,

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