Meticulously well observed drama of a family trapped together, figuratively and literally. The atmosphere is prickly and the long held shots/scenes are remorselessly uncomfortable and voyeuristic and. Hogg couldn't squeeze out more passive aggression if she tried. I got much more out of this with repeated viewing.
Seen it 3 times stunning in its banality tension when the daughter finally explodes! Subtle tonality of the setting, a film about English emotional coolness to the nth degree almost unbearable but very real.easily the best of Hedges 3 films on the same upper class, she may have to find another subject to progress
A family holiday in the Scilly Isles as a send-off for the brother, going to Africa to help in sex education. It gets the tensions that can play out over tiny things at a dinner table, really about unspoken histories between mum, son and daughter. It's melancholic, but also a deeply deadpan satire - an examination of the hypocrisies of the British (upper-)middle class. Great use of sound, frame and offscreen space.
One of the most cinematically complete British films of the last 20 years. Not since Bill Douglas has a British film-maker utilized so perfectly the small details in both life and human interactions. It's almost like a mix between Chantal Akerman and Ozu.