Archipelago (2014)




Critic Consensus: Sad, funny, and wise in equal measure, Archipelago finds writer-director Joanna Hogg in remarkably strong, confident form.

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ARCHIPELAGO is a quietly devastating portrayal of a family in emotional crisis. Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is preparing to leave for a year of voluntary service in Africa. His mother Patricia (Kate Fahy) and his sister Cynthia (Lydia Leonard) decide to gather the family together, on a remote island, as a farewell trip to say goodbye to Edward. Hired cook Rose (Amy Lloyd) and painting teacher Christopher (Christopher Baker), though bought in to help, only serve to bring the family's anxieties into sharper focus. When Edward's father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring the family's buried anger and repressed tension to the surface. (C) Kino
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Archipelago

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

In scene after scene, meaning sneaks in and sometimes roars.

June 26, 2014
New York Times
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This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion.

Full Review… | June 23, 2014
Top Critic

Gloomy and unrewarding.

Full Review… | March 7, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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'Archipelago' confirms Hogg as a daring and mischievous artist, and a major British talent whose next move will be intriguing.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Time Out
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As much as a downbeat comedy of bourgeois mores, Archipelago is a sort of claustrophobic horror story, set in a place of no easy escape.

Full Review… | June 17, 2012
Sight and Sound

Exposes the fault lines of a middle-class family on holiday.

Full Review… | March 6, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

Audience Reviews for Archipelago

As much as a downbeat comedy of bourgeois mores, Archipelago is a sort of claustrophobic horror story, set in a place of no easy escape as it exposes the fault-lines of an upper middle-class British family on holiday.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

It has its moments, but over all it very forgettable. Not a lot happens and not much is explained--little character development. The actors also seem to have very little dialogue to go on and appear to be improvising, more like scrambling, a lot.

Jenna L
Jenna L

Beautifully filmed and naturally acted, the simmering tensions which give way to arguments often heard but not seen feel real and incisive. But it is hard to care too much about these characters' thoughts, feelings and motivations when they are clearly so STAGGERINGLY WEALTHY that they can afford a getaway to the very expensive Isles of Scilly *AND* employ a full time cook/maid/cleaner and pursue activities such as painting, picnics, dining at expensive restaurants and "gap years" in Africa. But for all that there's genuine visual style, superb performances and the conjuring of mood that at times often feels mysterious.

Daniel Parsons
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