Albatross

Albatross

Seventeen year old force-of-nature Emelia starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel on the South Coast of England, run by the dysfunctional Fischer family. Beth Fischer, also seventeen, is cramming for her exams in a desperate bid to escape to University. Dad Jonathan is an author. Emelia is an aspiring writer; believing she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Jonathan sees promise in Emelia and begins to tutor her, but their relationship quickly crosses the pupil-teacher line and they embark on a love affair. At the same time, Emelia and Beth strike up a surprise friendship: Emelia’s free-spirit helps Beth learn to let her hair down and Emelia is inspired by Beth’s determination and focus. 2.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Albatross

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Drama
Director Niall MacCormick
Cast Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones, Julia Ormond, Peter Vaughan Sebastian Koch
Studio Cinemanx
Release Date October 2011
Running Time 89 mins
 

Seventeen year old force-of-nature Emelia starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel on the South Coast of England, run by the dysfunctional Fischer family. Beth Fischer, also seventeen, is cramming for her exams in a desperate bid to escape to University. Dad Jonathan is an author. Emelia is an aspiring writer; believing she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Jonathan sees promise in Emelia and begins to tutor her, but their relationship quickly crosses the pupil-teacher line and they embark on a love affair. At the same time, Emelia and Beth strike up a surprise friendship: Emelia’s free-spirit helps Beth learn to let her hair down and Emelia is inspired by Beth’s determination and focus.

Reviews

The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

[This] seems to have been scientifically designed to tap the audience that made An Education a hit. Even though it lacks that film’s clear-headed story telling and unshowy sophistication...

14/10/2011

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

The two young actresses keep us engaged, though the movie as a whole suffers from a certain predictability, while the clunky scene explaining the metaphorical import of the title is a real groaner.

13/10/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

At times howlingly obvious, in general the low-budget film shows promise and is gently funny.

14/10/2011

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Total Film

Kevin Harley

A bristling breakout turn leavens tired material in Niall MacCormick’s coming-of-anger.

13/10/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

The film’s one original flourish — Emelia’s hang-up about being a descendant of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — doesn’t even ring true. As if a girl of her generation, growing up in a seaside town, would give a toss about Conan Doyle. And the idea that her connection with him is some sort of burdensome albatross around her neck, from which she must break free to become a writer, is just absurd.

16/10/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Despite a nice performance from newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay, this Tamara Dreweish coming-of-age drama is not entirely convincing.

13/10/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

MacCormick's debut feature has a puppyish eagerness that doesn't quite deliver.

14/10/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

...the performances are modestly engaging.

14/10/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Heavy-handed and unconvincing, it's Fawlty Towers without the jokes.

16/10/2011

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