Poppy Shakespeare Reviews

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johnattridge
Super Reviewer
May 2, 2009
Television Film
Channel4, April 2008

Quick Review

In a surprisingly perceptive drama about life at a North London Day Care unit Anna Maxwell-Martin (in a BAFTA winning performance) offers an insightful and honest deconstruction of true psychological welfare. Naomie Harris is the titular woman who arrives insisting she "ain't a nutter", and therefore fits in perfectly, while Martin is the lonely and reclusive patient N. Initially assigned as a helper N gradually becomes obsessed with Poppy and the effect she has on her mentality. Her markedly astute character changes keep you thinking and second-guessing right to the downbeat climax.
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