The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird's directorial debut is a funny, charming and wince-inducingly accurate adaptation of Joff Winterhart's graphic novel, with a soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian. Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) sweetly draws you into the wobbly relationship between well-intentioned single librarian Sue Bagnold and her black-clad teenage son Daniel, who'd rather listen to Metallica than his mother. Daniel was meant to spend the summer in Florida visiting his dad, but is now stuck with Mum following the trip's cancellation. The film boasts supporting turns by Rob Brydon and Alice Lowe, but belongs to its two leads. Long-suffering Sue is sympathetically portrayed by Monica Dolan, with Earl Cave's Daniel a suitably lank-haired, pale-skinned picture of adolescent metal-head angst.Written by
London Film Festival
Some scenes of the film were shot in Bromley, Greater London, including The Glades Shopping Centre, and the Odeon cinema in Orpington. See more »
this might hit you in the face...
If youre a middle aged divorcee, either female or male, with children growing out of their skin ,developing into ...mmm...adulthood?. yes its that kind of story but british and very witty and darn polite, i bet it will hit you either in the guts or the face, because it did both to me.
though im not divorced and my children has grown out of the nest, the son caracter in this film is the spittin image of one of my children, and the interaction between my wife and my son were most of the time extremely similar to the plot of this movie., long hair , black clothes, black bedroom walls, black bed drinking black soda, digging darn dark music with earplusg ,so youll never know whats been heard or not during conversation..even though that image i will also brag about the beautiful son i had then because he looked like the spittin image of jim morrison of the doors in his best moments, and does still emit confidance today ,though with a new style and image and family life, so theres hope for the worst doggy waggers even though it may be dark at times.
productionwise its very lively and very typical british humour film, the filmographic presentation very straight forward with lots of different depths of focus of filming, the cast good and the score nice. the story might feel light if you have not lived through the same kind of life,it couldve been more comprehensive at the end, but thats what a grumpy old man thinks. but its a big recommend, finally a good british silverscreen story.
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