'Archipelago' beautifully observed

Hogg has cornered, in just two films, an intriguing section of the English community, the beleaguered middle-class family.

Director: Joanna Hogg

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Kate Fahey, Lydia Leonard, Amy Lloyd

Cert: 15

Hogg has cornered, in just two films, an intriguing section of the English community, the beleaguered middle-class family.

Here we meet mother Patricia (Fahey), daughter Cynthia (Leonard) and son Edward (Hiddleston) on holiday on the enchanting Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast … cycling, walking, taking in the views, having picnics and meals … and falling apart.

The chief bone of contention is Edward’s plan to go to Africa as a gap-year adventure, but there is always more bubbling below the surface and we watch the unfolding of the family with a growing feeling of dread.

This is a beautifully observed examination of dysfunction and family faultlines, moving at a slow, but menacing, pace.

The film will, though, certainly do wonders for the Scilly Isles tourist industry.

Star Rating: 3/5

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