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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emelia
... Jake
... Dave
... Beth
... Joa
... Policeman
... Jonathan
David Cann ... Grumpy Man (as David Cahn)
Sheila Monaghan ... Edna
Katie Overd ... Posy
Billy Seymour ... Spotty Youth
... Manageress
Chandra Ruegg ... Waitress
... Female Customer
... Granny
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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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Jessica Brown Findlay was in the process of auditioning for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) when the script for Albatross (2011) came her way and she instantly knew which film she'd rather make. See more »

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

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[first lines]
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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IF YOU CAN'T MAKE ME HAPPY
Written by Kirsty Almeida and John Ellis
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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Let The Father Speak
30 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film depicts a dysfunctional family owning a Bed and Breakfast house in a coastal British town. The father wrote a wildly successful novel many years ago, and the family lives off his early success. He has had writer's block for quite some time since.

His wife resents him and maybe even hates him. Is it because he is still the star and she gave up her acting career to be his wife? What a b-word! She ought to be thankful for whatever good has come their way.

So what if he hasn't done much since his novel? He is still the husband and the dad, and his money afforded a comfortable lifestyle. If there is something about him that his wife and daughter resent, let's here what it is, besides his writer's block. I need a clear explanation.

We do see a glimpse of it late in the film, when he verbalizes the fact that he doesn't really respect his daughter's blandness, so maybe I am overlooking that.

Yes, like other reviewers have stated, that Jessica Brown has talent, and will undoubtedly have some future acting success, or popularity. She pulled off a character with at least two dimensions, and did it well.

Even if his wife wasn't such a "shrew," as they called her during the film, it is hard for a man to resist the attention of a young, adoring woman, as they aptly depict here. A little attention, gives him the self-esteem needed to rouse him out of his funk. I can relate.

This is definitely not a comedy. It is a coming-of-age film first and a mid-life crisis film secondly. Good scenery, poignant interaction between grandparents and granddaughter, and just the right amount of comedy and sex.


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