EVA GREEN shows what Interstellar would have been like if it had one per cent of its budget, dodged some of the cosmic science and stayed focused on the fact that in order for a parent of a young kid to go to a space station for a year, you kind of have to be massively selfish. Unless you’re a man, obviously.
She plays Sarah, a woman finally given her life’s wish to fly to space as part of the Proxima mission.
With months of training in Russia imminent, her daughter must go to live with her dad, and if that wasn’t enough, Sarah is made to feel like a third wheel by her chauvinistic rocketmates and not afforded any of the comradery or posturing they are granted.
But it seems nothing new to her – she’s totally dedicated and focused.
Despite the setting and the rather wonderful procedural nature of the space programme (astronaut training never looked so mundane) this is a heartbreaking look at a mother torn between professional and parental yearning lit against the stark differences men in the same position are faced with.
Promises are broken, tears are stemmed. The relationship between Sarah and her daughter is fantastically played – both sides offering compelling cases for their argument. This melancholic, introspective look at space may be a million miles away from Nolan or Kubrick but it really hits the mark.
STARRING “soon to be Olivia Colman levels of amazing” Molly Windsor, Make Up begins as dour English drama, assumes psychological thriller guise then breaks out of its chrysalis as a fully fledged sexual awakening story.
It’s highly intriguing and offers huge promise for its director and lead. Windsor is Ruth, a young girl arriving at a miserable Cornish caravan park, where her boyfriend is working for the winter.
After settling in, the confines of her surroundings start to play on her mind as she begins to suspect him of having an affair.
Ruth’s own friendship with local girl Jade (“Be careful of her, she’s got a reputation”) brings more layers and confusion to her life as the walls close in and force her to confront demons – whether they’re imaginary, metaphorical or peering through the window.
As someone who’s spent many a windswept week in a Cornish caravan, I related wholeheartedly to the landscape which, depending on your frame of mind, can be thoroughly romantic or completely miserable.
It’s a well-made, well-performed film evoking some classic British navel-gazing – with maybe one too many pivots for me though.
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