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Tom and Eloise meet in inauspicious circumstances, trapped in a stuck lift after Eloise has Tom fired. Nevertheless, sparks fly. 5 years later, they have broken up and Eloise is going back to France. Tom has 45 minutes to win her back.

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Credited cast:
... Tom Sanger
... Eloise Martin
... Tariq Haq
Valda Aviks ... Rosa
Sean Baker ... Kenneth Fenton
Len Trusty ... Mike
Kapil Parikh ... Faisal Haq
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Reveller Sophie
Ken Boyter ... Reveller
Emre Cakmak ... Guitarist / Busker
Janice Cramer ... Carol Singer
... Reveller (as Zara Symes)
Carmichael Diana ... Gallery visitor / Passerby
David Golt ... Gallery Visitor / Passerby
Victoria J. Goodwin ... Extra (as Victoria Goodwin)
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Tom and Eloise meet for the last time to say goodbye as Eloise is moving back to France. With the moment of departure approaching, does one of them have the courage to rekindle the embers of their relationship or will their love be lost forever?

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Woody would be proud
3 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

This micro inspection of a brilliant love affair gone wrong, only focuses on two aspects of the relationship, which I really liked; the beginning and the ending: It is really the dual performances that kept me watching. They, or Kris mostly, breezed through a beautiful range of emotions, from restrained desire to sheer despair, with delightful absurdity in the scenes. The story was mostly back told without visual evidence and this was delicious. The ending was all about Kris letting go in a whimsical and gentlemanly manner, whilst Eloise was really hoping for some socially-acceptable passion!

The beginning, (a cliché'd but perfect theatrical device) sees the two opposite types start up a relationship in a broken elevator, mid-flight. A more experienced writer/director could have led these two to passion without having to take their clothes off due to overheating in a broken elevator. But once that was achieved, we gladly accepted the sexual desire as part of the very slim narrative thus far.

At the end of their relationship is a quirky and a bit unlikely meeting between the two apparently one year since they split up, five years after they met. At this outdoor cafe meeting, Eloise tells Tom that she is moving back to France but asks him to walk her to the station as a farewell. This movie-length walk-through the neon lights of Southbank London is where the background to their relationship is supposed to be revealed, whilst also preparing the audience for a desired lovers reprieve.

The walk to the station with Tom occasionally dragging Eloise's luggage is theatrically wonderful and entertaining (if not geographically implausible) with spectacular London sights becoming the foreground. It is also amusing because Eloise is clearly delighted that Tom should finally be paying her the attention she required. However, Eloise's cryptic and whimsical responses to Tom's declaration of love (at the last moment) are the most shattering moments of the film; we really wonder if Tom was a fool or an arsehole:

It's not till she has boarded the train with her new fiancé that we realize she has made a mistake.

I love watching theatrical two-handers turned into movies; whilst the themes are not always so obvious, the journey and delivery become far more accessible. Well done, someone else has finally tackled the Woody Allen genre with respect and dignity.


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