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Full of wry observations on the way Londoners connect (and disconnect), 'Brakes' could be the perfect final date movie.
A brilliantly conceived examination of that moment when relationships either work - or don't work. The end result is fascinating and unique.
Some audiences may be left disconcerted by the abrasive aesthetic of a film shot over four years in different digital formats, but the form does match the content, as the images look as uneven, unclear and unpredictable as the relationships themselves.
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 ...
The odd chuckle of recognition helps paper over technical deficiencies.
Low-budget, rough and ready, the film often feels like a series of improvised acting class exercises.
Charming and could easily have been brilliant, if only it had been more concise.
While the resourceful nature of Grower is commendable, it's a film, much like the relationships it depicts, that lacks that something special.
Despite being made on a tiny budget, Brakes often looks like a love letter to London while offering bleak insights into dysfunctional relationships. It's an accomplished debut.
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