• 2005
  • Britain / France / US2
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martha Fiennes
  • Cast: Damian Lewis, Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Cruz

What's supposed to be a drama with a satirical edge comes across as a mean-spirited dissection of a wealthy upper-middle class British family. The plot revolves around an ambitious London lawyer and his uptight wife, a meddling investigative journalist and the gay godfather to the couple's dysfunctional eight-year-old son. The admittedly fine ensemble cast is largely wasted playing characters that are unsympathetic, and as a result the film completely fails to engage.

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31 Jan 20082 stars

(15) 135min

Writer-director Martha Fiennes’ follow-up to her impressive debut, Onegin, is a disappointment. The cool manner with which Fiennes told the story of the emotionally distant St Petersburg aristocrat in that film is here frozen solid, so that what’s…

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