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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Natasha Richardson
Ian McKellen
Marton Csokas
Hugh Bonneville
Directors
David Mackenzie
Screenwriters
Patrick Marber
Chrysanthy Balis
Running Time
99 minutes

Asylum
Solid melodrama from the director of Young Adam.


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Plot
England, The late ‘50s. Max (Bonneville) brings his wife Stella (Richardson) and son to live in the grounds of the asylum he’s just been made deputy superintendent of. But boredom and domestic alienation spur Stella to embark on a dangerous affair with an inmate, Edgar (Csokas), whose been tasked with renovating the institution’s greenhouse…


Verdict
It may not be daring as Young Adam, but Asylum is a straightforward, well-performed adaptation of an absorbing melodrama.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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