2 items from 2014
★★★★☆ Reuniting the trusted troupe of actors with whom he has now become somewhat known for collaborating, British independent director Jon Sanders returns with his fourth feature, Back to the Garden (2013), a typically sombre treatise on intimacy and the stasis brought about by an untimely death. Following Low Tide (2008) and the deeply affecting Late September (2012), this is the third in a trilogy of ultra low-budget, improvisatory films that star regular actors - including Sanders' partner, Anna Mottram - and are liberated from the shackles of artistic compliance, where such freedom allows for a great amount of space for the various methods and themes to fully take shape.
- CineVue UK
This valuable example of high-minded, low-budget British drama looks at the fallout from the death of a respected theatre director
Jon Sanders returns with another valuable, serious example of high-minded, low-budget British ensemble drama. As with his previous film Late September, it is a theatrical expression of a certain type of autumnal melancholy, unfashionably centring on middle-class, middle-aged people – and is again structured around a muted social gathering. A respected theatre director has died, and a year later his widow has invited a handful of his very closest friends and colleagues to the informal "memorial" party in the garden of their Kent home. But it seems that various emotional entanglements have arisen between them since the funeral. Just like Late September, this movie is devised through improvisation and the resulting passages of dialogue are sometimes uncertain, but often bracingly real – especially when the players wade into the difficult subject of death and bereavement. »
- Peter Bradshaw
2 items from 2014
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