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Released on 06 February 2012

Featuring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones & Julia Ormond

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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"Albatross" - noun:
1. a large seabird that spends most of its life in flight
2. an oppressive and inescapable fact or influence from the past.

Seventeen year old force-of-nature Emelia (newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay) starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel on the South Coast of England, run by the dysfunctional Fischer family. Beth Fischer (Felicity Jones), also seventeen, is cramming for her exams in a desperate bid to escape to University. Dad Jonathan (Sebastian Koch) is an author. Once the bright young thing of the literary establishment, he is now suffering interminable writer's block. Wife Joa (Julia Ormond) runs the hotel Jonathan bought with earnings from his first book. She resents it, him, and everyone around her as she gave up her 'promising career as an actress' for this. Her only hope is 6-year-old daughter Posy (Katie Overd) who is showing great promise as a performer herself.

Emelia has been brought up by her grandparents but has a strained relationship with her Grandpa (Peter Vaughan). She is an aspiring writer; believing she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Jonathan sees promise in Emelia and begins to tutor her, but their relationship quickly crosses the pupil-teacher line and they embark on a love affair. At the same time, Emelia and Beth strike up a surprise friendship: Emelia's free-spirit helps Beth learn to let her hair down and Emelia is inspired by Beth's determination and focus.

Secrets are revealed and relationships implode as the threads of the story collide and unravel. Can Emelia get rid of the Albatross that hangs round her neck and rewrite herself?

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 A gem of a film

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Niall MacCormick Directs a Stella cast in this much overlooked gem of a film. The film deals with a author who is living on his long past glory of a novel and a wife who is desperate for something else in her life as their marriage stagnates in a sleepy little guest house on the South coast of England. Their seventeen year old Daughter Beth played by Felicity Jones is trapped in the middle of her parents unhappy existence, unable to express herself as she is kept sheltered by the both of them. That is until Emelia played Jessica Brown Findlay, enters their world and turns it upside down.

Emelia is also seventeen and the Great-Granddaughter of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. She is witty, smart and very beautiful. Beths Mother dislikes her as she has no structure to her life, but her farther falls for her free and spunky outlook to everything. Beth becomes her best friend, as Emelia leads her through some new life experiences, but unbeknown to Beth, Emelia is having a relationship with her farther, who is secretly giving her more than just writing advice. Eventually things unravel for Emelia as she finds out that her past was not all that she thought it was.

I read a synopsis of this film on its release, and really wanted to go and see it. Unfortunately it had limited showings so I missed out. Having now seen it I can wholeheartedly recommend it, the best British film since Submarine!

 Brilliant indie film

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What a gripping film by way of storytelling related to complex relationships. Isle of Man - where it is set - looks stunning as it always does cinematically. Sebastian Koch and Felicity JOnes put in convincingly strong performances, but for me it is Jessica Brown Findlay who steals the show. Her acting is powerful - intrinsic fragility played to a subtle perfection, overlayed with her more obvious portrayal of a beguiling young women at odds with her past and lack of a future. A true indie gem which must be watched if you enjoy depth of character and plot.

 So and so watchable flick.. Especially the star of Downton..

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Jessica Findlay Brown, who is starting to make a name for herself by shining in Downton Abbey is a truly sensational young actress who people should certainly keep an eye on, give it a few years and she'll be everywhere I suspect. Albatross is a film which kind of reminded me of another British film of late, Tamara Drewe, the plot line of both ate very similar, but this film has a great drama and family aspect to it also, that's not to say it's not funny either because it is. The film starts off somewhat confusing, you don't know where it's headed but it's not long til you get the hang of the direction and you just enjoy the ride, the story is about a social misfit who imposes herself on a family in desperate need of a kick start, she befriends the teenage daughter, wonderfully played by the luminous Felicity Jones, starts a brief affair with the father and comes head to head with the high strung mother. The affair plot line is what reminds me of Tamara Drewe, this is the plot line I found the least interesting but hey the movie has so many great scenes it's hard not to enjoy.

The performances are pretty good all round, Brown and Jones are the standouts though, I did find the Julia Ormond character to be an absolute annoyance, and somehow I think the character would have been different if played by a nicer actress, I'm not saying she's not good but I'd rather see someone else in this role.

This really is Jessica Findlay-Brown's film all the way, she owns every scene she is in, she steals the show all the way through, the film is just give or take, it's not gonna change your life but you aren't going to hate it either, it will sure brighten up your day though. And as I said, keep your eye on Brown, I bet she's the next big thing. :)

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ActorsJessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones, Julia Ormond, Sebastian Koch & Peter Vaughan
DirectorNiall MacCormick
Certificate15 years and over
Duration1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.