Daphne (2017)

Peter Mackie Burns directs Emily Beecham, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Nathaniel Martello-White in this British drama where a lone wolf Londoner finds her late night life of boozing, takeaways and cheffing might not be the mentally healthiest.

Reminiscent of Alfie in that it captures a side of London and a layered lead character that maybe both aren’t as likeable as they are truthful. There’s a lot of recognisable stuff here about city life, isolation, drinking and being over educated in an unchallenging environment. The blunt stop-start potential romances work better than the bigger themes of mortality. It doesn’t have the chime of a new classic but I was really drawn to Emily Beecham’s full on, distracted, self commentating, loathing performance. We have a new movie misanthrope looking for a better tale.


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