Post World War I family drama.
The post-Chariots Of Fire career of Hudson has been dogged by obscurity and noble failures (including Greystoke). This slight tale of an 8 year-old's life (played by newcomer Norman) in post-World War II Scotland is an attempt at something closer to the Chariots mould; same period, same lovingly shot countryside and landed class characters. But with no equivalent of a race to win, and no feeling of transition, this lacks Chariots' focus.
While there are good individual performances (Mastrantonio, Norman) the cast as a whole fail to gel (Firth, as the eccentric father is particularly stilted)and what's left is too disjointed to be engaging.
An unabsorbing tale which meanders along slowly towards no particular conclusion.