Light Years

Light Years

Esther Campbell (2015)

89min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The spectre of mental illness casts shadows during a lazy, hazy English summer in this arthouse drama, marking the feature debut of writer/director Esther May Campbell (a Bafta winner in the short film category). An enigmatic start sees a father (Muhammet Uzuner) walk out on his wise-beyond-her-years pre-teen daughter (promising newcomer Zamira Fuller), while the family's middle sibling (James Stuckey) obsesses over his health and the eldest (Sophie Burton) claims to have been trysting with a possibly imaginary lover, outdoors. The pieces eventually cohere when we meet their mum (folk chanteuse Beth Orton, very strong), currently in care, dealing with a mental condition that she may have passed on to her kids. Everyone seems to have their own coping mechanism in a story that needs a bit more grounding to balance out its eccentric characters. Campbell has obvious trust in her young cast and her own ability to turn everyday settings into a landscape of verdant mystery and imagination. Her elliptical approach will not be to all tastes but is certainly distinctive and results in an intriguing, diaphanous, albeit not wholly convincing tale.

Cast & Crew

Rose Zamira Fuller
Moira Beth Orton
Ramona Sophie Burton
Ewan James Stuckey
Dee Muhammet Uzuner
Levi Mickey Morris
Nathan Ewan Cooke
Roderick Graeme Hogg
Abdi Fouad Cilmi
Spirit Mike Wright
Director Esther Campbell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Third FilmsGuidance: Swearing, nudity, sexual references.Released on: 24 Sep 2016