Sunday, February 26, 2006

Continuing the Trend

Might as well keep going on the subject of This Year's Love. Here are some tidbits of relevant comments from reviews.

Jonathan Romney says,
The smartest casting, though, is Jennifer Ehle - known until now as a diva of TV heritage drama, here slouching under a mass of blonde dreadlocks and wrapping her cut-glass vowels round an altogether grungier form of angst than she's tackled before.

A reviewer from Casino Avenue appears to be embarrassed to admit that they liked the film.
Special Friend's just called. "There's a TERRIBLE film about Camden on BBC1 right now..." Oh, but it's This Year's Love, and I, erm, liked it then, erm... well, I was young and aspirational then, honest. And I, erm, quite liked Jennifer Ehle in dreadlocks in it... keep it our little secret, eh? Please?

The Radio Times says,
Writer/director David Kane tries hard to evoke the spirit of mid-1990s “Cool Britannia” zeitgeist in this breezy romantic comedy, set in and around London's trendy Camden Lock and bursting with British stars of the future. However, while Catherine McCormack, Douglas Henshall and Dougray Scott deliver spunky, dynamic performances, the episodic script gives them little to work with. Charting three years in the lives of six London dropouts, the film recalls La Ronde with its constant swapping of sexual partners. Sadly, the plot soon becomes yawningly predictable. Kathy Burke's chirpy “fat bird” and Ian Hart's damaged loner come off best, though Jennifer Ehle beggars belief as a dreadlocked single mother.

And finally, some IMDB reviews
"Southern Kross"
The acting is fantastic, particularly Ehle and Burke who are pure class - hilariously funny and powerfully moving. Overall a fun and grungy look into the realities of love in the modern world of London's cultural mix, Camden Town, and also further establishes the Brits as the best producers of Romantic Comedy

Sophie (Jennifer Ehle), the upper class lady living in a down-trodden environment but loath to cut off her ties with her roots, was particularly well played.

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