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About the Movie
A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city—but walking out on your life isn't so simple… Built around a remarkable central performance from Gemma Arterton, The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Subtle and slow and wrenchingly empathetic, "The Escape" is about gradually realizing that the life you have may not be the one you want.
Fresh: A quiet domestic-drama chamber piece with a vein of pure desperation thrumming beneath it.
Fresh: Gemma Arterton's strong but shattered performance as a disconnected housewife bolsters Dominic Savage's thoughtful marital drama.
Rotten: The colors are rich and the direction is intelligent...but the overall effect is frustration leading to dissatisfaction.
Plodded along at a painfully slow boring pace. Woman unhappy goes to Paris, has a one night stand, realizes she can’t make it on her own goes home again still unhappy. That sums it up and wasn’t worth the rental fee! Rotten Tomatoes has some of the worse reviewers ever. When will they realize it’s not their job to analyze the story but to give an honest review based on what most viewers would enjoy? After all it our money that’s being spent based on their reviews!
Escape from watching
Really hate I made the mistake and paid to watch this and then quit it after 30 minutes. It’s just that bad.
This Stay At Home Parent Gets It
I totally got and understood this film. Gemma really did a fantastic job of portraying the depths of where depression can really go. I am so positive every mother that has stayed home with their children for one or more years will understand the despair, loneliness and isolation this character felt in the film. It's amazing how much acting Gemma did with her eyes alone, truly captured the emotions.
Admitedly the film can move a bit slowly, but it was overall well done. If you could not relate to someone suffering from depression or loneliness in any way or have not ever had these emoitions in your life, you hands down would not understand this film! Otherwise there's a takeaway for everyone. ESPECIALLY those in marriages with children and extra especially stay at home parents.