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Bonobo (2014)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 21 June 2018 (USA)
A feuding mother and daughter find an unlikely source of help to reunite them - at a hippie commune, the last place that conservative, high-brow Judith ever thought she'd step foot in.
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Norton ... Ralph
Will Tudor ... Toby
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Judith
Harriet Kemsley ... Helen
Carolyn Pickles ... Celia
Josie Lawrence ... Anita
Eleanor Wyld ... Lily
Orlando Seale ... Malcolm
Patricia Potter Patricia Potter ... Eva
Milton Lopes ... Peter
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Judith, an uptight widow, is appalled when her daughter Lily quits law school to move into a commune of hippie-misfits who live according to the behavioural principles of the bonobo monkey, a species famous for its 'make love not war' philosophy. Anita, the eccentric group leader, claims that she can resolve the conflict between mother & daughter if Judith will spend a day among the commune and submit to its principles. But with mother and daughter both hell-bent on proving each other wrong, Anita's methods must now be put to the test as never before.

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Refreshingly sophisticated yet approachable
4 December 2014 | by guydhaywardSee all my reviews

As I walked out of the cinema after seeing Bonobo I felt abuzz with a warm glow. The thing about this film is that it is so human, focusing on such an accessible topic; yet one that I imagine most people don't think about much, which is the point. Matthew Knott captures the vibe of a sexually-active hippy commune masterfully, in both a funny and serious way. For me, the film is a celebration of the joy and pain of self-discovery; something we can all relate to. The acting was nuanced and believable, similarly the script, the music was sublime, and the cinematography simple but effective. Due to its daring subject matter, choice of lead actors, and honest execution this film deserves success.


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