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My Brother Tom Review

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Middle-class Jessica, whose coming-of-age is abused by her teacher-neighbour; and working-class Tom, also abused but driven further into a masochistic fantasy world.

★★★★★

It's a shame that My Brother Tom has been slapped with an 18 certificate, because its ideal audience is a few years younger than that. They'd perhaps see eye-to-eye with the alienated duo at the centre of the film - middle-class Jessica (Harrison), whose coming-of-age is abused by her teacher-neighbour; and working-class Tom (Whishaw), also abused but driven further into a masochistic fantasy world.

Their friendship is at first difficult to buy into - Whishaw's otherworldly weird turn is a bit too actorly to take as real life. Slowly, however, Rotheroe's direction draws us tightly into their private world, aided by Robby Muller's intimate cinematography.

It's Harrison who emerges as the star of the piece with a very strong performance.