Lynn + Lucy

Lynn + Lucy

Fyzal Boulifa (2019)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A realist portrait of working-class Essex BFFs takes a turn into deeper, darker territory in writer/director Fyzal Boulifa's resonant feature debut. Thick-as-thieves friends since school, sensible Lynn (extraordinary street-cast newcomer Roxanne Scrimshaw) and blue-haired tearaway Lucy (Nichola Burley) find their bond tested when catastrophe strikes at home. As small-town gossip turns toxic, Lynn's loyalty is tested. A tragedy of class, community, morality and lynch-mob mentality emerges, like a Douglas Sirk melodrama reimagined by Andrea Arnold (whose Wuthering Heights featured Burley). The key twist could have veered into tabloid-esque sensationalism, but Boulifa tackles its aftershocks with artful care. The two leads are also magnetic throughout, with Burley deftly pinpointing Lucy's vulnerability, and Scrimshaw's warily expressive face holding our attention right up to the last, stinging revelations.

Summary

Premiere. Having grown up together, young mothers Lynn and Lucy are inseparable - neighbours and best friends, they are as close as can be. But when tragedy befalls the pair, a chain of events is set in motion that severely tests their bond. Mystery drama, starring Roxanne Scrimshaw, Nichola Burley and Kacey Ainsworth.

Cast & Crew

Lynn Roxanne Scrimshaw
Lucy Nichola Burley
Janelle Jennifer Lee Moon
Caroline Kacey Ainsworth
Police investigator Jordan Long
Tim Jack Shalloo
Judge Tim Berrington
Gavin Christopher Patrick Nolan
Director Fyzal Boulifa
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: swearing
Drama