Keswick Film Club:
We had a very special treat at the Film Club last Sunday. It was described in the club brochure as a very British film in its social realism. That may be true, but it was also so much more than that. It was intriguing, magical and beautiful.
At its core are three siblings forced to cope with their mother’s mental illness and the chaos that brings to their lives, fearful that they may inherit the illness themselves. The cast is superb – especially Beth Orton who plays a mother who is incapable of caring for her children but who, at the same time, has taught them something very special about love in all its forms. Each sibling is special and each deals with the difficulties in her/his own way. Muhammet Uzner as the father shows us grief, loss and despair in a beautifully quiet, detailed performance. There is an almost painful honesty about how the characters relate to each other.
This is a bold, clever and innovative film that at first baffled and then delighted me. Esther was with us for a discussion after the film was shown, and that was both enlightening and inspiring. An experience to remember; a director to watch out for.