Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

Craig Roberts (2019)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In his second feature as writer/director after 2015's Just Jim, actor Craig Roberts (Submarine) takes an inventive approach to the story of a woman living with paranoid schizophrenia on a Welsh council estate. Sally Hawkins stars as Jane, whose youthful jilting at the altar precedes her battle with the condition in later life, a situation not improved by her flintily unsympathetic mum (Penelope Wilton) and sarky sponger of a sister (Billie Piper). At least Jane's other sister (Alice Lowe) and a liaison with an itinerant musician facing his own issues (David Thewlis) offer a few ups among the downs. The subject matter could be depressing, but Roberts deftly balances the comedy and drama, and is able to capture Jane's inner world with a subtly changing colour palette and a lush score. Meanwhile, Hawkins provides a masterclass in generating tears and laughter, occasionally in the space of a single scene.

Cast & Crew

Jane Sally Hawkins
Mike David Thewlis
Vivian Penelope Wilton
Alice Alice Lowe
Nicola Billie Piper
Dennis Robert Pugh
Young Jane Morfydd Clark
Johnny Robert Aramayo
Director Craig Roberts
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Language: EnglishColourReleased on: 2 Oct 2020