"Young Ralph Compton (Hoult) witnesses at close quarters his mother’s adultery, hastening the breakdown of his parents’ marriage and his father’s subsequent slide into alcoholism.
By the time Ralph returns from boarding school at 15, they are divorced though their rows continue, even after his father has married Ruby, a brassy American. Through Ruby’s eyes, Ralphie begins to see the British colonials for what they are: a bunch of burned-out snobs and social climbers whose Jeeves And Wooster-ish verbal mannerisms Ruby derides as so much 'wah-wah'." [Empire]
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It was okay but not fantastic.
Acting was really good and the Richard E. Grant's story is interesting but something about the film didn't really grab me. I already predicted what would happen in the end so it didn't strike me as terribly sad.
Perhaps it is more suited to an older audience.
the first film I have watched in a long time where people didn't move at the end, plenty of emotion experienced, happy, sad, anxious.
window into east Africa, a brief insight into the whole ex pat life style. How alchol can affect family dymanics and destroy relationships
I enjoyed this film it entertained me.
An interesting and affecting snapshot of a society, a country, and a family in transition. Ralph's nervous facial tic is the most visible indication of just how flawed the facade of his happy homelife is. Despite interludes of geniune happiness this is a family and a Colonial lifestyle on the decline, perhaps even a decline necessary for the establishment of a better future.