You’ve been to one of those parties, with your partner, where you look around trying to see if there are any nibbles left and see a couple who clearly shouldn’t be together, but somehow are. Of course the chances are they’re looking right back at you and thinking exactly the same thing.

Making his directorial debut is Mikey Murray, with a script he wrote about one such couple, who really look like they shouldn’t be together, but somehow are.

boom reviews Mind-Set
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Living in a nice house that is certainly up from London are Lucy (Eilis Cahill) and Paul (Steve Oram). They’ve reached that stage in their relationship where they’ve probably forgotten why they are a couple, but still find themselves living under the same roof.

It’s a relationship now simply founded on familiarity and boredom, their bodies numb from treading water for so long.

They do have something in common however, as they share mental health issues; Lucy has to pop pills to stay on an even keel whilst Paul suffers from a form of agoraphobia and struggles to make it past their front door.

Little do they know that their relationship is about to be tested, but what impact will it have on them?

boom reviews Mind-Set
This isn't exactly what i meant by trying a little dress up...

It’s kind of appropriate that the majority of Murray’s film is shot in black and white, as the couple’s world is full of greys. They spend time together, but perhaps it can’t be considered quality time. Their level of intimacy has reached a purely perfunctory level. And yet there are flickers of what still might be, from what was, as well as the occasional glimmer of love.

And you will feel exactly as if you were at that said party, and wonder for the most part why these two people are still in each other’s lives. And the simple, slightly disappointing answer is because they are.

The film also dips into some mental health issues, but they really aren’t examined enough, which leads to a finale that some might feel is a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit the rest of the picture.

Still, there are some great performances from its two leads, whose representation of a stale relationship may well set off a few red flags of their own for some watching uncomfortably in their seats.

we give this three out of five