It is an astonishing accomplishment that this film isn't a big, sappy, melodramatic mess. What it is, though, is one of the most heartwarming and genuinely funny films I've ever seen.
The story can only be based on true events, because if it had been thought up it would have been a cliché. The writer's hand does show through some static in the plot, but it doesn't detract anything from what the film…
I'm pleased to report than this is still just as joyously entertaining at home as it was on the big screen. Considering this is now my third viewing I was sure I'd pick up on the niggling little problems - and I'm sure they are there if you want to look hard enough - but frankly I was having far too much fun to care.
Having sat through thousands upon thousands of films it is easy to become a little…
I must admit that I was not looking forward to seeing this film. I hated the director’s previous film, Unrelated, which was about a bunch of affluent people being insufferably boring and pompous for two torturous hours. It seems this is director Joanna Hogg’s style as Archipelago is also about a bunch of affluent people being insufferably boring and pompous too. Great. Now clearly there is an audience out there for this type of film, and in the respected film…
A very short little documentary about a family living a wild life in the stunning Hawkes Bay and working through some fairly intense and troubling times. When I saw the trailer for this I was struck by how good it looked and was very keen to see the film; in the end however I struggled to relate to the father and found him a little disingenuous despite his strong philosophies on life and parenthood.