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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
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Judith
Josie Lawrence ... Anita
Will Tudor ... Toby
Carolyn Pickles ... Celia
Eleanor Wyld ... Lily
Orlando Seale ... Malcolm
Patricia Potter Patricia Potter ... Eva
Harriet Kemsley ... Helen
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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English

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Strong theme sensitively handled
5 October 2014 | by FreddieSingsSee all my reviews

Yes, the premise is a good one; and it is a rare film that passes the Bechdel test with such flying colours, having women in both lead parts (and over forty to boot). It also has commendable themes – redemption/middle age/self discovery – which are not obvious topics for a comic treatment, yet are treated here with sensitivity. I came to this having seen Knott's 'On this island' on Channel 4 a few weeks earlier, which also had a serious point, but the delivery of that message was much more obviously comic. Bonobo is not just a laugh-a-minute film, and there are passages where the darker side takes over; but the dialogue is snappy there is a feel good energy throughout. This was an impressive cast and the acting was subtly nuanced. I had only seen Josie Lawrence and Tessa Peake-Jones playing it for laughs before, but I enjoyed the greater range they were able to show here; and their performances took the honours. Overall, an enjoyable and thought-provoking movie. And, judging by the audience's reaction during the showing, not just for me.


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