Words by Naomi Jeffreys
This British coming-of age drama film, directed by Niall MacCormick and starring Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastian Koch and Julia Ormond. The film follows a rebellious teenage writer who enters the lives of a dysfunctional family and set in the south coast of England.
Despite the films Indie origins, character based, low budget and distinctly British. The film simply fails to hit the mark. Albatross’s protagonist, Emelia is not a very likable character, she strives to be different and is incredibily irritating after twenty minutes on screen. But, you do feel sorry for her, no parents and grand-parents who are becoming ill.
The writer Tamzin Rafn contrasts Emelia with the distinctly plain Beth Fisher, studious, boring and aching to get out of the Isle of Man. The two become friends and learn from each other.
There just seems to be something missing from this film, maybe its because none of the principal characters are likeable, except maybe Beth who rebels against her parents with Emelia who is so boring its hard not to like her.
This film is good for Friday night viewing, grab some popcorn and ice cream.