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09
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09
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 at 7.15pm
Women Directors
  • Drama
  • 2009
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 124 mins.
 
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Acclaimed short-film director Andrea Arnold's second feature - which won a Bafta for outstanding British film and the Jury Prize at Cannes - is a quietly searing drama about the directionless life of an underprivileged teenage girl on an Essex council estate. Mia (Katie Jarvis) finds escape from a claustrophobic home life with her single mother and younger sister through drink and dancing. The arrival of her mother's new boyfriend, the sexy and attentive Connor (Michael Fassbender), puts new pressures on the already unravelling family unit as Mia is drawn to the sympathetic outsider. Arnold's direction is sure-footed, creating an honest, intelligent and memorable documentary-style drama that, although grim and overlong, doesn't flinch from hard truths. Outstanding performances from every member of the cast - in particular, newcomer Jarvis who was "discovered" on a station platform while arguing with her boyfriend - and Robbie Ryan's beautiful cinematography make this subtle, shocking and redemptive tale a rewarding slice of cinematic reality.

Reviewed By Karen Krizanovich in Radio Times Film Guide

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Director:

 
Andrea Arnold

Cinematographer:

 
Robbie Ryan

Screenplay:

 
Adrea Arnold

Cast:

 
Harry Treadaway, Jason Maza, Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Griffiths
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