Despite having had excellent critical reviews and winning numerous prestigious awards (including The Guardian’s Best First Film 2009 and FIPRESCI at LFF), you’ll have trouble finding this film outside of the UK. Perhaps because it touches on topics people find embarrassing – including the refusal of a 40-something woman to behave like a grown up, and the presentation of decadent, arrogant middle class families boozing the night away on their holiday in Tuscany – but this is exactly why I love this film so much, and why it’s had such great success in its home country:
It’s true to life, to modern women.
It dares to show cringeworthy ‘faux-pas’ we have all stumbled upon at some point in our history.
And, most importantly, it has an exquisite formal style. Sound, cinematography and editing all have a purpose, are highly controlled and used in a puritanical way. This is punctuated by distinct performances that never betray the characters they represent. Kathryn Worth (Anna), carefully outlines the periphery that traps her persona – this periphery should only be inside of the story – the film itself deserves to be included in the wider film canon. Spread the word, if you care! The trailer is here www.unrelatedfilm.com