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Childless and in a deteriorating marriage, Anna fears she is condemned to a life on the periphery of events. Everything she is discovering now, she has arrived at too late. A summer holiday, with the family of an old school friend, becomes a reminder of a life she has not lived. Sexual tensions simmer and Anna believes she has found a second chance. But as events slowly unravel, and the strains within this affluent bourgeois clique are revealed, she has to finally confront her inner turmoil and sadness
I think that to fully enjoy this film you have to make some adjustments as to what you expect from a movie. This is told at its own pace, takes its time, has some beautifully framed shots and a nice slow pace to editing that allows you to become immersed in some exceptional drama. It wont go at the speed that some people would hope for, but is all the richer for that. What's interesting also is that it focusses on the upper middle classes who, although they might not elicit much sympathy, are none the less fascinating to watch.
If you like your cinema to be large scale Hollywood entertainment then you might want give this a miss; however if you want to see a truly original director at work, then I'd really recommend this film from Joanna Hogg.
Superb and devastating
This is an excellent study of family life and the tensions within. Tom Hiddlestone is brilliant as usual and the film simmers with rage throughout. Highly recommended along with Joanna Hogg's next film, Archipelago.