Two for Joy

2018

Two for Joy

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TWO FOR JOY is a visceral and moving exploration of one British family's life, navigating their way through grief in the years following their father's death. Aisha's (Samantha Morton) struggle with mental health is making home life increasingly unmanageable for her teenage daughter Vi (Emilia Jones) and young adolescent son Troy (Badger Skelton). Vi has been forced to grow up fast, caring for her mother whilst also trying to look after Troy. With no father figure and mother-daughter roles reversed, Troy has become a law unto himself, excluded from school he spends his days cruising the estate or fishing the reservoir. The tension at home is palpable - something has to give. The trio decide to take a trip to their late father/husband's idyllically placed caravan, overlooking the sea. They befriend the holiday park caretaker Lias, (Daniel Mays), his unhinged sister Lilah (Billie Piper) and her daughter Miranda (Bella Ramsey). A family in the midst of their own drama. This is a portrait of modern Britain seen through the eyes of a family in crisis.

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  • It's a sombre British drama in the spirit of Andrea Arnold and Clio Barnard: unforced and superbly acted, with fleeting moments of beauty to leaven the gloom.

    September 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

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  • A confident, good-looking, heartfelt film in the pastoral social-realist style, with strong performances from an excellent cast, including Samantha Morton and Daniel Mays.

    September 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A refreshingly empathetic take on familiar subject matter.

    September 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Beard expects us to learn about the characters through their physical interactions as well as their facial expressions, and we end up caring deeply about these people even without conventional movie storytelling.

    June 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Tom Beard, making his feature film director debut, has created characters who are presented honestly but humanely. They're openly flawed but treated sympathetically, we cannot help but care for them.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The probing family drama makes for a good film but an unpleasant watch.

    February 27, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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