Duncan Cawles uses cinema and the artistic process to create a moving ode to his grandmother and the expression of his grief, with humor and wit.
The “outlets” that give this film its title are the various forms that director Duncan Cowles finds to express himself. Through the course of 16 ideas, we are taken on a journey in which the narrator-director, alone with his camera, tries to explore different concepts, always returning to the one he seemingly wants to avoid, but which is the real heart of this film: mourning his granny, recently deceased. Cowles treats the subject with humour and a lot of imagination, leading our entry into the subject as one might enter a cold sea, that is, cautiously. We get to know the relationship between grandmother and grandson, the importance of that presence and the weight of its absence. Without ever being maudlin, it’s impossible to ignore the emotion evoked by the film, in one of the most beautiful tributes to such a darling figure. Bring tissues. (Ana Cabral Martins)