"If all of that makes 'Limbo' sound tremendously heavy, the opposite is true: this is perhaps more than anything a comedy, a picture whose dry wit recalls that of another Scottish filmmaker, Bill Forsyth, who, in the 1980s, gave us wonderfully wry comedies like Gregory's Girl and Local Hero. Sharrock has a similar lightness of touch, even though his film has some serious underpinnings: It's a reflection on what happens when individuals from disparate places get together and need to define, for themselves above all, what 'home' means and what it means to leave it" – Stephanie Zacharek, Time.
The main player is Omar, from Syria, who carries his Oud everywhere although he cannot play it as he has an injured hand. Around him we also get to know other refugees and the local islanders, some who try to help (the film begins with a 'cultural awareness course'), others who simply feel threatened; together they are all in a kind of limbo, waiting for something (anything?) to happen...
“ For a film that is so infused with sadness... Limbo is remarkably funny - a gentle, empathic kind of humour that is derived from the men's bleak existences, without mocking them.”
“Look beyond your limited worldview, Limbo says, and see the bigger, more beautiful, and more complicated picture.”
“A wonderful comedy that savours its remote environment while keeping its subjects at the centre of the story.”