Set against a backdrop of Bucharest junkyards and deserted roadsides, Norman Bates’ Lowlands promo for Belgian band Roscoe is a story of the father/son bond abused and tested beyond breaking point. In the few lines of dialogue that exist, Bates expertly builds the characters of a boy desperate for approval and the father who sees him as a meal ticket first and foremost. Young actor Adrian Bunea really pushes the narrative into the realm of narrative believability; just take a look at the furtive glance he gives his mother at the dinner table and tell me that he doesn’t totally own this character.
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