Verity's Summer

  • Ben Crowe (2012)
  • UK
Film Review
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2 out of 5

With his feature film debut, writer/director Ben Crowe shows great ambition, but his reach exceeds his grasp in trying to examine a wide range of social issues through the eyes of sulkily precocious teenager Verity (Indea Barbe-Willson). She falls for a Polish cabby (Cristi Hogas) while her academic mother (Nicola Wright) and policeman father (James Doherty) bicker about his involvement with a homeless war veteran (Martin McGlade). The bigger problems under scrutiny range from war crimes and post-combat trauma to the mistreatment of immigrants and domestic dysfunction. It's all set in a middle-class milieu, which is depicted in a measured, mannered style reminiscent of Joanna Hogg (Archipelago). This is a problematic approach, as each incident is enacted with an earnest deliberation intrusively underlined by Alexandros Miaris's score. But Crowe still fails to generate much dramatic momentum. Views of the Northumberland coast are sublime but, for all its sincerity, this is self-consciously arty and a little stultifying.

Cast and crew

Cast

Verity
Indea Barbe-Wilson
Jim
James Doherty
Castle
Martin McGlade
Anne
Nicola Wright
Karol
Cristi Hogas
Gina
Carrie Cohen
Carl
David House
Mrs Robertson
Jacqueline Phillips

Crew

Director
Ben Crowe

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Multistory Films
Released 1 Mar 2013

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