Exchanging the strictures of her overbearing father for an artists' community on the rugged Cornish shoreline, beautiful Florence (Browning) finds herself torn between flighty, bohemian artist A. J. Munnings (Cooper) and his stolid but charming friend Gilbert (Stevens).
Dominic Cooper plays a womanising artist in this true-life love triangle drama. Based on Jonathan Smith’s novel, it’s set in an Edwardian artists’ colony in Cornwall. Timid Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) comes to visit her brother and catches the eye of both A. J. Munnings (Cooper) and his friend, Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens). May the best man win? Hardly. Heartbreak follows as this morphs from buoyant Bohemia to maudlin melodrama. Still, performances are solid and the period detail fascinating: these skinny-dipping bed-hoppers were pretty way-out for their time.
While the melodrama occasionally grates, this works as a raw romance and an intriguing glimpse of a bold and brash artist ahead of his time.
Reviewed by Anna Smith