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How I Live Now [15]
Duration:101 mins
Director: Kevin Mcdonald
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland

Synopsis

In a near-future England, American teen Daisy has been sent by her father to spend the summer with family friends: 17-year-old Edmond (MacKay, FOR THOSE IN PERIL), 14-year-old Isaac (Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE) and eight-year-old Piper.
Initially hostile, she gradually becomes enchanted by the rural setting, and finds herself falling for the quiet, watchful Edmond as the group of youngsters develop their own internal world. But they are split up and their haven destroyed when global war breaks out, and Daisy finds herself responsible for the young, frightened Piper. Together the two of them embark on a perilous journey they hope will reunite them with the boys.
Macdonald’s (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, STATE OF PLAY) drama is adapted from Meg Rosoff’s bestselling novel, and boasts a revelatory performance by Saoirse Ronan (THE LOVELY BONES) as gutsy outsider Dais

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  • Stella K.

    The telling off was definitely a highlight for me, still upset by it. I agree that Saoirse was brilliant and for me was the only saving grace. Onto the next ..

    October 7, 2013

  • colin p.

    If my life depended on it I could write a review of why this was a good film or why it was a bad one, it was that kind of film. Somebody said it was a teen movie and they were right but I enjoyed it. I liked the fact that there were several threads left hanging: what exactly had happened with her parents in America? Was her aunt on the government side or the terrorists? On the other hand I didn't like the way Hollywood wants to have its cake and eat it. Did she have psychic powers or just "willpower"? The story, once it started to unfold, was fairly predictable but they did thankfully avoid one or two of the cliches I was expecting. A Stella one word review would be Teen+ and I'd give it about 5 or 6 out of 10 I think. The highlight of the evening however was Stella getting told off :-)

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Rosalynd

    Another good Stella choice for me... Really liked this although can sort of see why some people didn't. For me it was an atmospheric and idiosyncratic love story that created its own magical reality so that it didn't matter to me that it didn't always stick to the practicalities of what would really happen in a nuclear war. Thought Saoirse was outstanding - the director Kevin McDonald did an interview on Radio 4 Film Programme last night and described her as "the Meryl Streep of the under 21 generation" which I think is right. You can hear interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bs0z4
    A film you perhaps have to be in the right mood for and I certainly was...

    2 · October 7, 2013

  • Jackie

    An odd film that seemed to have a young girls lousy background redeemed through a world war, mass death and destruction and love. I wish I'd cared more!

    October 7, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Wish I'd read this review by Mark Kermode before seeing the film - I think he aptly sums it up in his final para "an uncertain affair". Perhaps we just weren't the film's target audience! Great performances by Saoirse and the rest of the cast and fabulous British scenery (apparently filmed in Carmarthanshire). http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/06/how-i-live-now-review

    October 6, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Great bunch tonight and mixed opinions all round which is what we like. a film that I couldn't decide what direction it wanted to take. Must get reviews of the book to see if Kevin MacDonald was true to it.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Oh dear, a bit like "nuclear fallout by Enid Blyton

    October 6, 2013

  • Jackie

    Damn I can't make this again. Double booked. It looks good too.

    October 6, 2013

  • Caz

    I'm in G4; see you at 6.10ish upstairs

    October 6, 2013

  • Stella K.

    I'm in seat g8, one if the sofas too.
    See you all tomorrow? I'll be in the upstairs bar from 6.10pm and we could convene afterwards in the bar to discuss the merits or not of the film. Cheers everyone

    October 5, 2013

    • colin p.

      Bill and I are on a sofa too G5 and 6

      October 5, 2013

  • Carole J.

    Can't make it but I see it's getting good reviews!

    October 5, 2013

  • Chris D.

    I'm in Seat G10 - has anyone booked G9? See you all tomorrow!

    October 5, 2013

  • colin p.

    Sorry to spoil your 'girls night out' but Bill and I are coming. I know why Stella has put this on, it's so she can show off her Gaelic as the only person with the feintist idea how to pronounce the leading ladies name! See you all Sunday :-)

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Chris D.

      He, he - I've been practicing Colin - but I'm sure it sounds nothing like how it looks written down!

      October 4, 2013

    • Stella K.

      I shall pronounce it for you on Sunday but Saoirse is playing an american so no need for oirish translation on the night. And glad to see some bloke presence on the night.

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Chris D.

    I was hoping you'd put this up Stella - looks interesting and Saoirse Ronan just seems to get better with every film she does.

    October 2, 2013

    • Stella K.

      I know, I was looking forward to this one too but mike has seen it on a freebie a week ago and he was so disappointed so we girls shall have to see if it is a female /male divide??

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • Chris D.

      It's had mixed reviews, interestingly the negative ones were mostly from the male species!

      October 2, 2013

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