Brakes (2016)



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Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as their match-maker, each of their stories is unique yet familiar to us all.


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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Full of wry observations on the way Londoners connect (and disconnect), 'Brakes' could be the perfect final date movie.

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A brilliantly conceived examination of that moment when relationships either work - or don't work. The end result is fascinating and unique.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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