Long-married couple Joseph and Brenda (Fox and Fricker) share a pottersome retirement in the South of France. But the arrival of young lovers Mark and Suzanne (Nicholls and Dormer) soon stirs up their stolid routine.
Feeling like Joanna Hogg remade Le Week-end in Nîmes, this measured treatise on exile, desire and coupledom makes evocative use of its exquisite locations and is deftly played by a quartet fully attuned to their characters’ longings, fears and regrets.
Adroit performances abound in this ex-pat tale. Archipelago DP Ed Rutherford helps add to the Joanna Hogg-y feel, but this lacks the disquieting insights of Hogg's work.