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Albatross

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2011
  • Niall MacCormick
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Coming-of-age drama starring Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown Findlay. Teenager Beth lives in a seaside hotel run by her mother and novelist father, but is longing to escape to university. When free-spirited aspiring writer Emelia arrives as the new hotel maid, her presence has a devastating effect on the family.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Screenwriter Tamzin Rafn's fixation with Emily Lloyd in David Leland's Wish You Were Here (1987) is evident throughout this spirited if unfocused rites-of-passage tale. Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay takes on the Lloyd mantle as wise-before-her-years teenager Emelia, who counters her boredom by embarking on an affair with an older man (Sebastian Koch) in a seaside town. Coasting on the success of his first novel, Koch's character has writer's block and exploits Emelia's literary aspirations to entice her into an affair behind the back of his hotelier wife (Julia Ormond). However, it's only a matter of time before the truth emerges and jeopardises Emelia's friendship with her lover's studious daughter (Felicity Jones). There are few surprises in Niall MacCormick's debut feature, but a trip to Oxford has its amusing moments. Brown Findlay also succeeds in matching Lloyd in combining physical precocity with a psychological vulnerability, which is most poignantly demonstrated in her scenes with her doting grandfather (Peter Vaughan).

Credits

Cast

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BethFelicity Jones
JonathanSebastian Koch
EmeliaJessica Brown Findlay
JoaJulia Ormond
GrandpaPeter Vaughan
JakeHarry Treadaway
MarkThomas Brodie-Sangster
GrandmaHazel Douglas
PosyKatie Overd

Crew

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DirectorNiall MacCormick

Details

Theatrical distributor
Cinema NX
Released on
2011-10-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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