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Departure Rated 15


Dir. Andrew Steggall. UK/France 2015. 1h 48m. Starring Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Finbar Lynch, Niamh Cusack, Patrice Juiff

Juliet Stevenson gives an affecting performance in this delicately handled British drama about a mother and son in south of France during a moment of upheaval.

Mesmerising and magnetic, the film follows the pair as their need for an escape leads them to fall for the same man.

‘Finbar Lynch is affectingly spiky as the all-but-absent husband whose presence feels more like a void, but Stevenson steals the show as the woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.’ Mark Kermode, The Observer

‘The film looks like an impressionist painting: pale colours are lightened by the sun. But the most moving emotions are held in Alex Lawther’s eyes’ Mathilde Dumazet