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The More You Ignore Me

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Keith English
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy drama starring Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy and Ella Hunt. In 1980s Blackpool, teenager Alice tries to forge her own identity while living with her mum, Gina, who suffers from ill mental health.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The burden of mental illness has tragicomic consequences in a 1980s coming-of-age story set in the rural north of England and scored to a selection of classic numbers from the Smiths. Sheridan Smith's full-on performance runs the gamut from catatonic to psychotic, as the fragile mum at the heart of Jo Brand's screen adaptation of her own novel. Given Brand's own past experience as a psychiatric nurse, it's obvious she knows what's she's talking about, and there's compassion here not only for the stricken mother, but also the household's long-suffering daughter (Ella Hunt, terrific in the pivotal role) and saintly husband (an affecting Mark Addy). For all the tellingly raw humour and authentic emotion on display, however, shaping the family's travails into a feature-length drama proves a bit of a struggle. Having both mother and daughter starstruck by Morrissey - suggesting a deep yearning for understanding - brings a consistent through-line, but overall the film is somewhat ragged and awkward. Still, its sheer heart is undeniable, and Sheila Hancock's cameo as the obstreperous Nan Wildgoose is an absolute humdinger.

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Credits

Cast

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GinaSheridan Smith
KeithMark Addy
AliceElla Hunt
Marie HentySally Phillips
Nan WildgooseSheila Hancock
Wobbly WildgooseTony Way
JeanElizabeth Carling
JenniferMichelle Collins
Bert WildgooseRicky Tomlinson
Bighead WildgooseTom Davis
DunkClive Mantle
SandraJo Brand
NormanNicholas Ball

Crew

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DirectorKeith English

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2018-07-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex references
Formats
Colour
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