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Archipelago (2010)

 |  Drama  |  4 March 2011 (UK)
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Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

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Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

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Tom Hiddleston revealed that whilst living on location for this film, he accidentally exposed himself to all of his colleagues. He had been alone, tidying up after having showered, when the rest of the cast walked in just as his towel fell off. See more »

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Cynthia's Song
Composed by Viviane Albertine (as Viv Albertine)
Performed by Lydia Leonard
Lyrics by Joanna Hogg
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Commendable British film which will not appeal to the majority.
27 March 2011 | by (Somerset, England) – See all my reviews

Archipelago is a most certainly a 'love it or hate it' film which sharply divides opinion. It's not every day you see a film set on the Scillies so it was a must see for me personally. I'd read both good and bad reviews before I saw it so knew largely what to expect and yes, I can understand why many find it difficult and slow with long still takes and angst ridden silences. Agree that the characters are hard to engage with or like and yes it's infuriating and overly pretentious at times.

However, because of, and not in spite of all these things, it ultimately succeeds in its portrayal of a very different type of dysfunctional family and brilliantly conveys the interactive awkwardness between the characters and there's quiet, suppressed comedy in the twaddle they speak.

It generates a unique and almost claustrophobic atmosphere, although being too raw in its lack of script. It's a reminder that wealth and privilege don't necessarily equate to inner happiness - in this case loneliness and bitterness pervade. I felt very slightly on edge throughout. If you have an open mind you will gain much from Archipelago which deserves but probably won't get a wider and more appreciative audience.


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