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Dakota Road Review

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Labourer's daughter Jen spends her days fantasising about the officers at a local U.S airbase, but her dreams of glamour and excitement are shattered when a pilot takes advantage of her.

★★★★

Unadulterated misery which stands as the perfect indictment of the kind of no hope films financed by Film Four International and British Screen. In deepest East Anglia, American F-111 jets take off and land in the distance; teenage Charlotte Chatton has a Top Gun poster on her bedroom wall and has sex in a field with a local yokel; stuck up farmer Alan Howard observes through his telescope. Her dad loses his job and commits suicide, everyone has a long face and there’s lots of big pauses for thought which are supposed to mean something — but don’t.

If a movie has to be this downbeat, then there must surely be a point to showcasing the misery? Not here.