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Directed by Joanna Hogg
Produced in 2007
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
David Rintoul, Michael Hadley, Emma Hiddleston, Harry Kershaw, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Mary Roscoe
Michael Brooke admires this British take on the traditional European art-movie
One of the biggest critical hits of recent months, Joanna Hogg’s debut feels both reassuringly familiar and strangely original. Familiar, because it’s from a longstanding European art-movie tradition, anatomising the underlying psychology of relationships as much through silence and elision as through conventional dialogue. Original, because its characters are normally caricatured into oblivion, being members of Britain’s comfortably-off middle classes as they holiday in Tuscany. However, this is no Aga saga but a painfully acute dissection of loneliness, unfulfilled expectations and unbridgeable generational divisions.
Fortysomething Anna, her childless marriage potentially on the rocks, joins old friends relaxing in Italy with their teenage children – including Tom, with whom Anna strikes up a rapport. But just when a romance seems to be developing, trivial incidents steer the film into more emotionally knotted territory. Hogg cites Bresson and Ozu as inspirations. It shows: static images are combined with a soundtrack that allows crucial scenes to happen offscreen – but within Anna’s earshot.
Michael Brooke on 30th January 2009
Author of 135 reviews
Emotional drama starring Kathryn Worth as Anna, an upper-middle class English woman who feels she has always lived her life on the periphery of events. Childless and in a deteriorating marriage, she takes refuge with an old school friend's family on holiday in Tuscany. Over the course of a hot summer's fortnight, sexual tensions simmer - and Anna believes she may have found a second chance at happiness. But as events slowly unravel, and the strains within the affluent bourgeois clique are revealed, she is finally forced to confront her inner turmoil and sadness.
Publisher: New Wave Films
Length: 100 mins
Cat No: NW001
Format: DVD Colour