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An emotional and astutely accomplished feature debut from TV director Joanna Hogg, with strong performances and impressive direction throughout.



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Anna arrives in Italy to stay with her school friend Verena and her family in their rented villa in Tuscany. Her partner Alex was meant to accompany her, but Anna tells Verena (at the last minute) that he has to stay in London due to his work. Over the course of the film it become apparent that Anna took the holiday to get some time away from Alex, following a heavy argument. The group is split into an unspoken line between the "olds," Verena, her new husband Charlie and Verena's cousin George, and the "youngs," Verena's two teenage children Jack and Badge, Charlie's son Archie, and George's son Oakley. Trying to escape her relationship worries with Alex, Anna finds herself spending increasingly more time with the teenagers, upsetting Verena. She joins in with their mild hedonism, even promising not to tell their parents about their dope smoking and a drug and drink-fuelled car accident in a borrowed car. The simmering sexual tension and flirtation between Anna and Oakley, the teenagers' ringleader, comes to a head when she invites him in to spend the night but he turns her down. Anna eventually tells Verena about the car accident, getting the teenagers into serious trouble and causing Oakley to have an appalling fight with his father. Totally rejected by the teenage group as a result, Anna leaves the villa and checks in to a local hotel. Verena seeks her out, and the two reconcile after Anna reveals she has discovered that she can't have children. She returns to the villa with Verena, is reconciled with the teenagers, and stays on for a few days after the rest of the party have left.

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  • This is a drama that amounts to much more than the sum of its parts and, without doubt, is one of the best, and most original, British films of the year.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • As if from nowhere, a first-time British film-maker has appeared with a tremendously accomplished, subtle and supremely confident feature, authorially distinctive and positively dripping with technique.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The more relaxed the chemistry, the more taboo and tense the film becomes. It's a marvellous piece of cinema that looks as if it is being crafted before your eyes.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, though, Hogg displays a welcome desire to draw on global film influences and ignore the unwritten rules of what British cinema should or should not seek to achieve, especially in the realm of films about the monied and unsympathetic.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Feb 25, 2009
    Poignant study of trying to belong but always feeling on the periphery. Set in a french getaway, the lead tries to capture the spirit of rebellious youth she never experienced but struggles to marry that with the reality of her adult maturity and its implications. Rare foray into Gallic cinema territory by an english director which feels genuine.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2009
    a older women having marriage problems, while away visiting friends in europe falls for a much younger man, whos the son to friends shes with, trying to sort her marriage and seriously getting feelngs for the man as they draw closer, but then how she can ruin it all, and the moment passes very well acted drama, showing the situation well, the french countryside looks very nice and, the story flows well
    scott g Super Reviewer

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