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Directed by BAFTA-nominated Niall MacCormick (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Road to Finchley), Albatross is a funny and moving coming-of-age story starring Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Black Book), Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction), Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and newcomer Jessica Brown-Findlay, a leading light in Screen International's prestigious UK Stars of Tomorrow list. My Summer of Love meets An Education, the film tells the story of a family whose world is
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Charmingly low-key, the British coming-of-age drama "Albatross" offsets slack plotting with creative casting and sensitive performances.
The lack of subtlety makes the story's familiar beats only more obvious.
The performances are compelling (although Jones is underused) but the thin narrative is less instructive of the strange way female friendships operate than of the way stories get recycled.
Albatross shifts from indie fairy tale to farce, only to accept its fate as a coming-of-age melodrama.
Innocence is lost -- as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
There are dimensions to Emelia that are welcome, but often rudely condensed by director Niall McCormick, who burns through the picture in 85 minutes, never lingering long enough on domestic tension or behavioral awareness.
A serving of teenage angst with a side order of syrup which, like the films of John Hughes, treats both characters and audience with respect and affection.
Newcomer Brown Findlay brings some laughs and energy to an otherwise predictable tale of family strife that is modestly compelling but ultimately forgettable.
Yes, the title of Albatross is a metaphor. In fact, the eponymous bird shows up not as a figurative chokehold around the neck of simply one character, but at least three.
German star Koch (The Lives of Others) has a Burton-lite intensity, with Julia Ormond well cast as his wife and Beth's mother.
A startling performace from Findlay doesn't quite make up for a disappointing third act.
Brown Findlay is Wish You Were Here's Lloyd in spirit, passion and razor-sharp wit, but with far more, darker layers to her character.
Niall MacCormick's debut feature has a puppyish eagerness that doesn't quite deliver.
A little too neat and obvious for its own good but the sassy wit of the dialogue is fun and Findlay is a rising star.
Predictable and too much like Wish You Were Here, My Summer Of Love and An Education, all of which were stronger; but the performances are modestly engaging.
It's an interesting premise; though despite being evidently autobiographical in origin, the fictional treatment has made it look sentimental and unreal.
Audience Reviews for Albatross
- Emelia: I can't do this to Beth anymore.
- Beth: She's great isn't she Dad?
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