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Albatross (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 October 2011 (UK)
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Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences.

Director:

Niall MacCormick

Writer:

Tamzin Rafn (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Emelia
Harry Treadaway ... Jake
Josef Altin ... Dave
Felicity Jones ... Beth
Julia Ormond ... Joa
Justin Edwards ... Policeman
Sebastian Koch ... Jonathan
David Cann David Cann ... Grumpy Man (as David Cahn)
Sheila Monaghan Sheila Monaghan ... Edna
Katie Overd Katie Overd ... Posy
Billy Seymour ... Spotty Youth
Alexis Zegerman ... Manageress
Chandra Ruegg Chandra Ruegg ... Waitress
Marie-France Alvarez Marie-France Alvarez ... Female Customer
Hazel Douglas ... Granny
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Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences.

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Taglines:

Beautiful. smart. talented. trouble.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Albatros See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglas, Isle of Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tamzin Rafn based her screenplay on her experiences as a precocious teenager growing up in the small seaside town of Worthing. See more »

Goofs

When Harry sends Emilia a laptop, he doesn't include the charger. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joa: Are you alright? I'm taking Posy to an audition, so you're manning the front desk this morning.
Beth: I'm not, I'm revising.
Joa: It's writing. You can revise on the desk. You have to give people keys, Beth.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

MR. BIG STUFF
Written by Joseph Broussard, Carrol Washington and Ralph Williams
Performed by Jewel Bass
(c) Peermusic Ill, Ltd./Malaco Music Co. Inc./Caraljo Music
All rights on behalf of Malaco Music Co. and Caraljo Music
administered by Peermusic Ill, Ltd.
(p) Malaco Records
Licensed by Peer-Southern Productions, Inc. obo Malaco Records
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A Delightful Drama
11 October 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

A seaside inn is run the Fischer family, consisting of two daughters and their parents. Their lives are in a rut as they mark time, day to day.

When we first meet Emilia, she is lighting firecrackers and dropping them in a barrel, inciting action by the local police. She is an irreverent 17-year-old who likes to break the rules and shake things up. When she is introduced into the Fischer household, she is like a spark that lights a fuse.

The actions that follow are sometimes predictable, sometimes not. But the result of this volatile situation is what the viewer must wait for.

The film's title is a reference to Coleridge's Albatross; the film reveals how it applies differently to three of the characters. It is up to the viewer to determine in what other ways the title refers to burdens the characters must bear.

Albatross is a delightful film. The story is charming even as it is fraught with dangers. The acting is top notch. I would not change one performer. The background music ranges, appropriately, from whimsical to poignant.

This British film is a drama filled with comedy. And it shows how life's resolutions sometimes come from tragic moments.


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