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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Liam Browne
Nancy Trotter Landry.
Directors
Ashley Horner.
Screenwriters
Sean Conway.
Running Time
101 minutes

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Plot
Photographer Manchester (Liam Browne) and his young taxidermist girlfriend Noon (Nancy Trotter Landry) enjoy a long summer romance, until success comes knocking for the snapper.


Review
Brilliantlove
Artsy sex drama alert! This Brit affair is about the steamy relationship of amateur snapper Manchester (Liam Browne) and young taxidermist Noon (Nancy Trotter Landry). Living in a garage, all they need is love, drugs and a shoplifted bag of crisps… until Manchester does a deal with a sleazy rich guy who likes pictures of his unwitting girlfriend.

 

The following events fail to convince — the pair seem naive to the point of being backward, and there’s no back story to explain why they’re so dim. While it’s atmospheric, it’s remarkably drab for a film about visual art. Still, the performances are strong and the bedroom scenes trump real-sex dramas such as 9 Songs — they’re honest, frank, intimate and believable. Kinky, too: the easily shocked need not apply.


Verdict
An explicit and atmospheric, if just occasionally unconvincing look at sex and relationships.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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