Pond Life

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It's the summer of 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Young Trevor takes watch one night at the water's edge. The following night, he decides to lead a brigade of friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harmony as they witness the carp for themselves that they will never forget.

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Critic Reviews for Pond Life

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4)

  • The depictions of sunburnt teenagers ambling through estates, obsessing over crushes and minor betrayals, yet haunted by the terrible truths of the adult world, seemed utterly true.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A bit of an uneventful slog.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Pond Life is close to being a cute, nostalgic British film but it feels too low key to be charming and touching.

    August 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A sweet, heartfelt and humorous look at life on the fringes

    August 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With a terrific sense of the time and place, this nostalgic ensemble movie beautifully captures the internal moods of a yearning teen.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's touching -- in parts -- but a tad self-conscious and uneven.

    April 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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