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Albatross (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 October 2011 (UK)
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Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences.

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Policeman
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Grumpy Man (as David Cahn)
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Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences.

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The green convertible sports car Jonathan drives is a Triumph TR2, produced between 1953-1955, although the modern registration suggests that it may be a replica. See more »

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When Harry sends Emilia a laptop, he doesn't include the charger. See more »

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Joa: Are you alright? I'm taking Posy to an audition, so you're manning the front desk this morning.
Beth: I'm not, I'm revising.
Joa: It's writing. You can revise on the desk. You have to give people keys, Beth.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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WISH YOU WELL
Written by Kirsty Almeida & Matthew Owens
Performed by Kirsty Almeida & The Troubadours
Published by Copyright Control
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Lady Sybil Fans - Fasten Your Seatbelts
15 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an interview shortly after the film's release, when asked who she modeled her portrayal of Emelia after, Jessica Brown Findlay compared her character to a friend of hers, but then admits that the comparison falls short. "She's more of a ball grabbing kind of girl" she says of Emelia while gesturing with a squeezing motion as though she were clutching - - well - - you get it. Her description is spot-on. Emelia grabs those she meets where they are most vulnerable: i.e. their egos and just as they realize they are helpless to escape the hammer they expect to fall, she softly releases them with a smile. And if as the viewer, you sympathize with any of these characters – as you are bound to – you'll find yourself caught in the same trap and quite relieved each time she lets you go.

The character of Emelia is said to be somewhat based on Emily Lloyd's portrayal of Linda Mansell in the 1980's film: 'Wish You Were Here' and although there are similarities in the two characters' overt sexuality, Linda comes across as a little naïve and somewhat of a victim – whereas Emelia is absolutely none of that. She's strong, intelligent, witty, and as you begin to discover – also merciful and kind. Jessica Brown Findlay's portrayal of Emelia is so convincing that she'll have you wondering if she's really simply playing herself. And if you know her as Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey that notion will shock you to your core – which only makes this film all the more interesting.

And of course nearly every interviewer asks her which one is the real Jessica Brown Findlay: Emelia or Lady Sybil – and Jessica will say that her own personality lies somewhere in between. But if you watch and listen carefully, you'll get an occasional hint of exactly where in that spectrum the real Jessica truly resides. She's got more Emelia in her than she is willing to admit! But of course we knew this already didn't we? As an unknown actress with no dramatic training, zero on-camera experience and zero industry connections, she wins the leading role in a major motion picture and delivers a performance that steals the entire show. And those in the reviews above that had predicted she was headed for stardom – we now know that they were quite correct. Hollywood has now also clearly discovered her and little do they know that she already has them by the - - - well - - - you get it.


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