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Better Things (2008)

 -  Drama  -  23 January 2009 (UK)
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A group of young people grow up together in a small, rural community in the Cotswolds.

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Rachel McIntyre ...
Gail Wilson
Emma Cooper ...
Tess Baker
Liam McIlfatrick ...
Rob
Che Corr ...
David
Freddie Cunliffe ...
Jon
Jane Foxhall ...
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Tara Ballard ...
Sarah
Betty Bench ...
Mrs. Gladwin
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Mr. Gladwin
Patricia Loveland ...
Nan Wilson
Byndley Hutt ...
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Lillian Hutt ...
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Kurt Taylor ...
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Megan Palmer ...
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Katie Samuels ...
Julie
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A group of young people grow up together in a small, rural community in the Cotswolds.

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26 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

...Bruno Dumont. I've read a lot of reviews lauding this supposedly great example of British art-house cinema. Even Sight and Sound made it film of the month. But the facts are simple, everything about it says the filmmaker is in thrall to the work of Bruno Dumont, particularly La Vie de Jesus and L'Humanite. And why not, they are magnificent films.

Unfortunately it only goes to highlight the miserable state of British art-house and British film-making in general that this is held up as a fine example of it when all it does is rip off the style and downbeat content of Dumont's great works. For the unforgiving Northern France landscape of Dumont substitute the Cotswolds and you've got it.

In fact its worth pointing out that the similarities in the prolonged static widescreen shots and the dull grey cinematography, so perfectly mimic L'Humanite especially that one would almost believe the filmmaker had had the audacity to give the colourist a copy of that film and then have him match the shots one by one.

But no filmmaker could be that cynical or unoriginal. Could they? 2 stars for the perfectly copied photography.


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