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Life Just Is; Keith Lemon: the Film; Ice Age 4: Continental Drift; The Expendables 2

Somewhere between American mumblecore and European arthouse cinema lie the seeds of writer/director Alex Barrett's micro-budget debut feature, an "anti-dramatic" drama in which nothing much happens – and that's not a criticism. In today's marketplace it's hard not to be ever so slightly charmed by any home-grown tale of aimless London youngsters that doesn't revolve around drug-dealing, geezery gangsterism or fakkin football hooliganism. Instead, the postgrad protagonists of Life Just Is (2012, Independent, 15) put most of their energies into wrestling with what Barrett unabashedly calls "the existential and spiritual dilemmas so central to, yet so ignored by, much of modern life".

If this sounds unbearably pretentious, rest assured there's much that is down-to-earth about this bittersweet, dialogue-driven piece which follows its protagonists through the domestic, romantic and existential ups and downs of a week. One »

- Mark Kermode

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