Winner of the Best Actor and Best Director awards at The BIFAs, Harry Wootliff’s debut is a perceptive relationship drama.
Elena (Laia Costa), 35, and Jake (Josh O’Connor), 26, meet by chance on New Year’s Eve, fighting over the same taxi. But, instead of going their separate ways after a shared ride, they embark on a passionate relationship. Within weeks they are living together and soon after they talk about starting a family. But, as the seasons pass, reality catches up. Falling in love was the easy part, but can they remain in love when life doesn’t give them everything they hoped for?
Wootliff’s script sensitively handles a difficult subject, but it’s down to Costa and O’Connor to draw us into Elena and Jake’s world. And they do. It’s a smart and very modern take on the highs and lows of relationships.
★★★★★ “A terrifically engrossing drama about two wholly believable characters, made with the kind of wit, honesty and raw emotional intimacy that pierces right to the heart of their relationship.” - Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★ “A sad, tender and gloriously sexy love story” - Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week, The Guardian
★★★★ “This compassionate, complex relationship drama will get you right in the feels.” - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
★★★★ “An emotional treat, lit up by stellar charisma from Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor” - Ian Freer, Empire