Reviews

This Year's Love

3

The directorial debut from David Kane is one of the most enjoyable of the recent spate of British rom-coms (although the likes of If Only don't exactly offer the stiffest competition). This Year's Love is a bittersweet examination of the difficulties of relationships during the late '90s, incorporating laughter and pathos, joy and heartbreak, at times feeling like a hipper version of a Mike Leigh film.

The humour here relies on a mixture of narrative coincidences, comic events (a tattoo performed on amphetamines; drinking a flaming sambuca) and some pointed one-liners ("You wear stone-washed jeans so you don't have an opinion," declares the acerbic Sophie to a hapless Liam).

Having created a group of believable late-twentysomething/early-thirtysomething characters, Kane is rewarded with excellent performances from a talented young British cast. The actors grasp the confusions, contradictions and muddled emotions which dominate their roles. Particularly impressive are Henshall, who combines easy-going charm with a powerful sense of longing, and a dreadlocked Ehle, whose Rodean-educated Sophie masks her troubled past behind a veneer of bossy self-confidence. Kathy Burke is also terrific as the self-aware Marey ("I'm a fat bird who's expected to be funny"), who possesses incredible dignity and resilience.

Admittedly, some of the soundtrack choices (such as Get It On accompanying a frantic sex scene) lack imagination, and there's nothing remarkable about the visual style. But Kane makes effective use of his colourful Camden Town locations, successfully juggles his various storylines over the film's three-year period, and (thankfully) avoids a simplistic resolution

Verdict:

An impressive debut for director David Kane, a sort of British Singles, with Camden Town replacing Seattle. Plausible characterisations, spirited performances and a successful blend of humour and sadness elevate this above your average British rom-com.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 19th 1999

User Reviews

    • sevdamm

      Feb 5th 2011, 0:13

      Canlı Chat Canlı Sohbet canlı okey okey oyna okey oyna canlı okey sohbet canlı sohbet odaları canlı chat odaları sohbet odaları chat odaları sohbet siteleri Sevda Sevda Sohbet Sevda siteleri damar sohbet hatay sohbet kayseri sohbet damar sohbet kızlarla sohbet burdur sohbet bolu sohbet trabzon sohbet mamak sohbet artvin sohbet mardin sohbet kilis sohbet gumushane sohbet edirne sohbet dersim sohbet almanya sohbet antalya sohbet mersin sohbet karadeniz sohbet akdeniz sohbet ankara sohbet izmir sohbet cinsel sohbet adana sohbet kadinca sohbet Dj Ates Dinle forum sohbet odaları lez sohbet gay sohbet cinsel sohbet- mirc indir çet hatay radyo dinle- ankara sohbet- izmir sohbet istanbul sohbet adana sohbet bursa sohbet- trabzon chat zurna dul sohbet sohbet kanalları- mersin chat antalya sohbet - rock mp3 indir türkü dinle sohpet mersin sohbet adana sohbet yozgat sohbet sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları- sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları erzurum chat türk chat türk chat hatay sohbet sıcak sohbet sex sohbet sex sohbet radyo dinle radyo dinle sohbet odaları sohbet odaları avrupa sohbet islami sohbet

      Alert a moderator

Most Popular