Director: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Kate Fahey, Lydia Leonard, Amy Lloyd
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