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My Family and Other Animals (2005)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 27 December 2005
An English family relocates to sunny Greece four years before WWII.

Director:

Sheree Folkson

Writers:

Gerald Durrell (book), Simon Nye
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Simon ... Gerald Durrell
Imelda Staunton ... Mother
Chris Langham ... Theodore Stephanides
Omid Djalili ... Spiro
Matthew Goode ... Larry Durrell
Russell Tovey ... Leslie Durrell
Tamzin Merchant ... Margot Durrell
Kostas Tziotakis Kostas Tziotakis ... Customs Officer
Mihalis Giannatos ... Porter / Waiter (as Michalis Giannatos)
Olga Tournaki ... Agathi
Dimitris Kaberidis ... Rose-Beetle Man
David Armand David Armand ... George - the tutor
Antonis Antoniou ... Yani
George Couyas ... Turkish Boyfriend
Efi Papatheodorou ... Lugaretsia - housekeeper
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Storyline

Feeling the depressing effects of a gloomy English summer, the Durrell family decides to pack up and move to the Greek island of Corfu in 1935. Lead by their widowed mother, 13-year old future naturalist Gerald Durrell, his two older brothers and older sister move into a series of villas. Gerald indulges his passion for nature by filling his room with local fauna, while his brothers fill their time with writing or hunting and his sister sunbathes and flirts. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi familia y otros animales See more »

Filming Locations:

Corfu, Greece

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Larry Durrell: Why do we put up with this bloody climate? I mean, look at us: Gerry can't speak,
Gerald Durrell: Uh?
Larry Durrell: Lesley can't hear.
Leslie Durrell: What?
Larry Durrell: Margot's got a face like a plate of red porridge.
Margot Durrell: Shut up.
Larry Durrell: Mother's beginning to look like an Irish washerwoman.
Mother: I am not.
Larry Durrell: It's August. We need sunshine.
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Absolutely marvelous!
16 April 2006 | by horrorfilmxSee all my reviews

I caught this movie on PBS at four in the morning and was hooked for the next two hours. It's a funny, original story beautifully shot (one assumes on location in Greece). The focus of the film is on the youngest member of an eccentric British family and his absorbing interest in nature, but the rest of his clan all have their own unique quirks. It's a little bit like James Herriot by way of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. But what impressed me most of all was the assured direction. It jumps from character to character and incident to incident, all vastly amusing, without ever becoming boring or wasting a frame. It makes me want to hunt down the TV series or go read the books. By all means catch this if you ever have a chance.


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