May Miles Thomas has triumphed with One Life Stand. Beautifully composed, keenly scripted and framed in deep-focus black and white, the look is 35mm Vistavision and the story a perceptive study of the loneliness and dislocation of modern times.
It is embellished by a tremendous, fragile yet funny performance from Maureen Carr as a single mother (Trise) trying to help her 18-year-old son, John Paul, find a successful future while fending off her ex-husband Jackie (the ever-present and excellent Gary Lewis).
The wonderful crooked smile of Carr conveys all the confused sadness of a world of call centres and disintegrating relationships. Her silent reaction to an abused wife's cry for help over the cold telephone lines is a moment of shattering contemporary poignancy. May has delivered the find of the (Edinburgh) Festival. One Life Stand is a lyrical masterpiece.