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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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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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[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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The beauty of nature
28 December 2005 | by The_unemployed_cynicSee all my reviews

I was amazed by the sheer beauty of the images in this made-for-TV movie. The views are breathtaking. Everything looks simply wonderful: the island, the sea, the villas ('our' family moves to a new house whenever they feel the need arise), the locals and an interesting flock of visitors, and of course the abundant wildlife on Corfu.

The story is quite funny sometimes, and at one point even moving, the acting is very good and the direction and editing are spot on. What matters is that non of it gets in the way of what this movie tries to accomplish.

My Family And Other Animals is about the beauty of nature, as seen by a boy. After watching it, you can understand why someone like him would spend his life studying that subject. This movie feels like a breath of fresh air, bringing the viewer back to the days when such a thing existed. Every boy (or girl) should be able to spend his youth this way.


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