Critic Reviews for Brakes
Full of wry observations on the way Londoners connect (and disconnect), 'Brakes' could be the perfect final date movie.
This ultra-low-budget indie uses its own rough edges to great effect in its skewering of the happily-ever-after rom-com fantasy. Bleak, brutal, absurd, and painfully realistic.
The story is so charming and the ensemble cast so great, that Grower's observations of romance amongst the disconnect of London life makes Brakes a genuinely pleasurable and heartfelt watch.
By turns utterly charming and inherently shambolic, this no-budget feature-directing debut from the actress Mercedes Grower is an ambitious trawl through London love lives, with a bonus structural gimmick.
Some of it - the mortifying scenes featuring the brilliant Julia Davis, for example, or the hollow sense of loss in Kerry Fox's sequence - is rather wonderful. Other strands seem under-developed ...
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