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Stars: Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, David Rintoul, Mary Roscoe, Harry Kershaw, Emma Hiddleston

Director: Joanna Hogg

A worthy but dreary British film about a woman (Worth) who, on the run from fights with her husband, takes an Italian holiday with a friend and her discontented, quarrelsome family, whose eldest son (Tom Hiddleston) the woman fancies.

However the woman, who doesn't have children, finds herself 'forever on the periphery of things'. She tries to have a good time with the family, who refer to themselves as 'the old' and 'the young', but fails: it seems her chance at life has gone.

The acting is good here, and the dialogue naturalistic, but the film, like so many well-made independent productions these days, is no fun to be with and seems to have little or no target audience.

David Quinlan

UK 2007. UK Distributor: New Wave Films. Technicolor.
105 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 16 Sep 2008