The Black Forest

The Black Forest
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 24min
  • Directed by: Ruth Platt
  • Cast: Robert Hands, Hattie Ladbury, Aleksandar Mikic, Sirine Saba

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The Black Forest

Writer-director Ruth Platt’s impressive drama will be amusingly familiar to anyone who’s headed abroad for child-friendly holidays with another family. A love letter to Europe, The Black Forest follows a pair of dysfunctional families spending a welcome summer break in deepest Germany. While the children get lost in their own worlds, the two adult couples face up to various issues (sex and money are top of the list) and their idyllic holiday starts to unravel. An astute, tender and amusing new British film. [12A]

The Black Forest is nominated for the 2019 Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.

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The Black Forest

27 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Ruth Platt's second film is a beautifully balanced family drama about a fraught holiday

The hills are alive with the sound of feuding in this heartfelt drama from sophomore writer-director Ruth Platt which pursues a pair of British families as they head to the titular region of Germany for a much-needed getaway. Once there, mild annoyances…

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