Another inventive, heartfelt film from Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom - the ideas man of British cinema - scores another conceptual and emotional success with this slice-of-life drama filmed over five years.

The conceit this time is to use the same actors to play the children of a man in prison (John Simm), and shoot a few weeks a year to capture their aging in real time.

Very clever, and dazzling to eyes accustomed to naff age make-up.

Doing this gives a credible backbone to a film that, without condescension, gives a genuine toss about how ordinary people actually live their lives, and strives to capture actual experience within a fictional framework.

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