Radiator

Radiator

Tom Browne (2014)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Actor Tom Fisher assumes the name Tom Browne for this touching directorial debut, which is inspired by the relationship between his own parents. It also makes evocative use of their stone cottage in the Lake District. Co-writer Daniel Cerqueira plays Daniel, a son summoned from his not entirely successful life in London to help his mother (Gemma Jones) cope with his ageing father (Richard Johnson), who has seemingly given up on life and refuses to budge from the settee. As vermin scurry through the clutter, Daniel comes to realise that his mum has always had a struggle putting up with the old man's mood swings, and he has to endure the dual pain of seeing him slip away and having happy memories tarnished by previously unperceived realities. In his final role, 87-year-old Johnson captures the curmudgeonly confusion of an impotent tyrant, while Jones touchingly conveys the grief of a woman about to lose the man who has made and marred her existence. Filmed for just £140,000, this low-key saga rings true without resorting to melodrama.

Summary

Daniel's life is turned upside down when he is summoned to his elderly parents' remote farm, where he finds he has to help them adjust to the new squalor they have fallen into. Comedy drama, starring Daniel Cerqueira, Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones and Julia Ford.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Richard Johnson
Maria Gemma Jones
Daniel Daniel Cerqueira
Jean Julia Ford
Nurse Emma Rydal
Charlie Frankie Browne
French teacher Aicha Kossoko
Director Tom Browne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Picturehouse EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Released on: 27 Nov 2015
Drama Comedy