Set at the end of the 1960s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from United Kingdom, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. The film is largely based on Richard E. Grant's own experiences as a teenager in Swaziland, where his father was head of education for the British government administration.
I had never heard of it, before I happened to notice it on TV. I only chose to watch it, because it's got such a fantastic cast. I wasn't disappointed. What a great movie!
Set in 1960's Swaziland, the time frame and place are already interesting. It has also got a great script. The story is very tense, the dialogue flows easily. Young Nicholas Hoult does a fantastic role, so does Gabriel Byrne. These two are the heart and soul of the movie. Emily Watson is always a pleasure to see. All other actors fit their roles very well, too.
The movie deals with difficult subject: a traumatic divorce, feelings of abandonment, loyalty to parents and being able to rise above difficulties. It is both heart breaking and heart warming, it is beautiful, tragic, funny, touching and sad at the same time. Very recommendable.
Great little semi- autobiographical film from Richard E. Grant. The entire cast give brilliant performances.
Richard E. Grant makes a fine directorial debut with this classy semi autobiographical drama.