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Bonobo

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Matthew Hammett Knott
  • 82 mins
  • 15

Summary

A feuding mother and daughter find an unlikely source of help to reunite them - at a hippie commune, the last place that conservative, high-brow Judith ever thought she'd step foot in.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Far too few films address the concerns of middle-aged women, but debut director Matthew Hammett Knott and co-writer Joanna Benecke offer some shrewd insights in this eccentric but unexpectedly touching drama. Dismayed that her 20-something daughter (Eleanor Wyld) has abandoned her law studies to join a commune inspired by the behaviour patterns of bonobo monkeys, prim widow Judith (Tessa Peake-Jones) vows to bring her home. However, on meeting stubborn resistance, Judith agrees to stay for a night to see how founder Josie Lawrence puts this philosophy into action. Subplots involving a pregnant woman and competing suitors don't quite come off, while some of the New Age sequences feel a touch twee. But the script avoids scoring easy points off alternative lifestyles, and Peake-Jones deftly explores the meaning of maternal instinct as her character opens her mind to a long-suppressed side of her own personality.

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Credits

Cast

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JudithTessa Peake-Jones
AnitaJosie Lawrence
RalphJames Norton
LilyEleanor Wyld
CeliaCarolyn Pickles
EvaPatricia Potter
TobyWill Tudor
MalcolmOrlando Seale

Crew

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DirectorMatthew Hammett Knott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Fable Films
Released on
2014-12-05
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Formats
Colour
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