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United Kingdom, France 2015
For audiences aged 12 and above
|Alex Lawther gave a compelling portrayal of the young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game two years ago, and his character here is almost a modern-day equivalent. Elliot is a fey, literate, closeted teenager, given to wandering lonely as a romantic poet in the French countryside, in his vintage army jacket, while his clearly distraught mother (Juliet Stevenson) packs up their holiday home and her marital dreams. "You're a bit of a cliche," Elliot's new French buddy/boy-crush observes, pre-emptively. The dynamics are given plenty of time to play out in this delicate, somewhat laboured character drama, which could almost be seen as a hymn to the great British art of not really talking about stuff. But there are just enough unanswered questions and bursts of dramatic incident to stop us wandering off ourselves.
Steve Rose / The Guardian
Director: Andrew Steggall
Andrew Steggall is an up-and-coming British director whose short films have been praised especially in LGBTIQ circles. His short film The Red Bike won the Iris Prize in 2011. Departure is Steggall's debut full-length feature film.
|Screenplay: Andrew Steggall
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Finbar Lynch
Production: Pietro Greppi, Cora Palfrey, Guillaume Tobo / Connectic Studio, Motion Group Pictures
Sales: Mongrel International