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It charts the breakdown of a working class family when the teenage daughter befriends a refugee girl. Helen has been married to Paul for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen ... See full summary »

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Pauline McLynn ...
Helen
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Tasha
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Paul
Rula Lenska ...
Irina
Tamzin Dunstone ...
Kelly
Barry Latchford ...
Jimmy
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Tasha's Husband
Tom Stuart ...
Darren
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Tasha's Father
Sean Wilton ...
Art Tutor
Angelica O'Reilly ...
Prostitute
Rebecca Clow ...
Terminal Hostess
Majid Iqbal ...
Illegal Worker
Ashley McGuire ...
Penny
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It charts the breakdown of a working class family when the teenage daughter befriends a refugee girl. Helen has been married to Paul for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen existence. Helen is desperate, damaged, and looking for change. Paul - bitter, hypocritical and bigoted, sick and tired of being in the poverty trap - is on the brink of a breakdown. His biggest fear is change. Into their lives comes Tasha, a Romany Czech refugee, awaiting her British passport and her chance for freedom - a concept taken for granted by all those around her. Told in three revelatory narratives, each from a particular character's point of view, reveals how the disintegration of an ordinary working class family finally comes to a head when unexpected emotions are unleashed. Written by Production Office

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20 October 2006 (UK)  »

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£300,000 (estimated)
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24 November 2007 | by (Herne Bay, Kent, England) – See all my reviews

I've given it 2, but even then I find it hard to justify such a high mark. I had high hopes for this film, having read reviews in which it was praised for presenting a refreshing and original take on the refugee/asylum issue. I'm sorry, but for me - a die-hard liberal who should have lapped up its messages - it simply didn't deliver. Stylistically, it was awful to watch: more goofs and blunders and continuity slips than I could count. The script was terrible: it seemed like a middle-class film-maker's idea of how working-class people speak and behave. It sounded like a workshop piece from a creative writing class. The characters didn't work, either. Not a single one of them was remotely believable - just a whole bunch of stereotypes. And despite a stellar cast, the acting was awful - which, I would guess, was largely to do with the direction, and not a little to do with the script. The whole thing failed to move me in any way - except when it came to ejecting the disc and taking it back to the shop.


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