Daphne

Daphne, 31, Londoner. Busy days, hectic nights, friends, people, lovers, are all welcome distractions from the constant and creeping feeling that her life is somehow stuck. Too young too settle quietly, too old to keep on messing about without aim. One night, an unexpected event slowly but steadily forces her to confront this existential limbo head on, an start looking very closely at the person she has become.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Steve Lovecraft on Letterboxd

    Imagine a rom-com written by Slavoj Zizek. I know, it's difficult, but aside from the heavy Zizek name-dropping at the start of it, Daphne is a sad, funny, neurotic, and brutally honest take on love (or lack thereof) in the post-Reaganomics western world. Our heroine, Daphne, is played by a Natasha Kinski-meets-Bryce Dallas Howard debutante (and so much more): Emily Beecham. This too-smart-for-her-own-good boozer/line cook isn't even trying to deal with her problems. She is a train wreck, and I don't mean a burnt-out sorority girl with a substance abuse problem and a dirty mouth a la Amy Schumer. Daphne has peered past the veil of reality to gaze upon the disillusionment of everything held sacred by traditional society and decided to wallow in self-destructive hedonism. Think of a young, well-read Jerri Blank who never turned to petty crime. In this entrancing character study, Beecham knocks it out of the park with her charisma and pathos. Every time you think the scene will end in some saccharine too-good-to-be-true chick flick "aww", you just get pummeled with another cynical emotional shutdown. For some reason, it hurts but it feels sooo refreshing. Daphne, in all of her chaos, controls the conversation, and for anyone looking for a guttural guffaw from the wretched depths of their soul, there are a few moments that might bring those rarely indulged demons to light. Add to the darkness a few glimmers of indubitable wisdom, and I would say you have an all around excellent film in Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne.

  • ★★★★ review by Chloe1 on Letterboxd

    It's so low-key it took me a while to get into, but ended up really enjoying this. Emily Beecham's spikily vulnerable lead performance is the high point, but an astute script and warm direction add compassion where it could have been lacking. I loved the warm colours that it's shot in too.

  • ★★★★ review by Paul Perkins on Letterboxd

    Daphne (Emily Beechum), 31, Londoner. Busy days, hectic nights, friends, people, lovers, are all welcome distractions from the constant and creeping feeling that her life is somehow stuck. Too young too settle quietly, too old to keep on messing about without aim. One night, an unexpected event slowly but steadily forces her to confront this existential limbo head on, and start looking very closely at the person she has become.

    I have to admit, I wasn't too sold on the idea of this film, but now I've seen it I can't sing it's praises highly enough. The film works for two reasons, firstly it has an incredible script by Nico Mensinga and secondly Emily Beecham is just majestic in the lead, she commands the screen every second that she appears, which is virtually the entire running time. This film is worth watching for her alone, but fortunatly she has a film to match her performance.

    If you like a good indie spirited character study, then you really should check this one out.

  • ★★★★ review by Andrew Craddock on Letterboxd

    A wonderfully moody UK indie film propped up predominantly by a fantastic lead performance from Emily Beecham, who continually won me over.

  • ★★★★ review by John on Letterboxd

    Really good film. Related to the character quite a bit. Shout out to the guy that took his date to see this. They were sat a couple of seats away from me. I overheard her commenting that the film didn't do much for her Sunday. Dont think he recognised me from a speed date evening we both went to recently. Hope their Sunday improved!

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