The mumblecore British of the upper and the middle class is an uncomfortable true-life film you felt at the time you are being unsecret in the stage. Joanna Hogg is a woman filmmaker who always seems to touch such a theme like Mike Leigh: the depicting family and its reality. Particularly, the movie prevails at the dynamic. The steady and subtle visual between each line is one of the well-beloved frames at best.
I was pulled in by the real under budget aspect of the film. Under budget meaning not clouded by Hollywood scenery that over shadows the story. The film kept a since of authenticity. I was impressed by how simple yet elegant everything felt within the film. Everything shown had meaning and added to the story
The film grew on me when Worth finally realizes her missed opportunities to what she learnt was indelibly important in life. The moment she reveals her predicament to her friend, she realizes how time has gone. Time never waits. That scene is truly gut-wrenching if you actualize the importance of childbearing for her when she has observed first-hand that family's all you got, despite heated quarrels and fights.
A cracking debut from Hogg with a deceptively simple plot but one which pays life's fleeting encounters their due. This is not a simple attainment given the film's reliance on naturalistic acting, which works wonders as each glance, smile, gesture and word transpires desires, vulnerabilities, coveted relationships. The cast of upper class characters is uniformly excellent but Worth and Hiddleston glow across Tuscany.
Catching the liminal space of a holiday, with emotional baggage carried in but not worn, sitting there in the "suitcase" while the new foreign place, holiday home, italian countryside and city allow an illusion of escape, Everything is still there, in a kind of limbo while sun, booze and time collapse on themselves and shades of existential dissatisfaction creep out
Only slightly preferable , if you somehow enjoy Hogg's insensitive and egocentric navel-gazing - to The Souvenir or Exhibition. Archipelago is still the only film of hers that successfully approaches anything like universal and bearable personalities, people you could like without suffering their middle-class pretensions....