Directed by Peter Mackie Burns
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 Brian Tallerico on Letterboxd
A breakthrough performance.
★★★½ review by Cameron Howe on Letterboxd
Film #12 at EIFF 2017
Peter Mackie Burn's 'Daphne' wasn't exactly what I expected it to be if I'm being honest. Although, I'm not quite sure what I did expect. What I got was a film that wasn't quite sure what it was either. The film follows Daphne a Londoner who witnesses an event that prompts her to re-evaluate her life.
Tonally I thought the film didn't know what it wanted to be. Sometimes it was a romcom, sometimes it was your typical indie drama and even it had a small part as a culinary drama? The narrative never fully ties itself up either instead ending a bit more open which is good for some but I'd of preferred a little more closure on Daphne's story.
On the plus side the films lead Emily Becham is amazing. She portrays her character as funny and bouncy and then progressing into a person that's absolutely broken and alone. The film also has some really striking cinematography. It's colorful and fun but also claustrophobic and lonely which was some of the best parts of the film, admiring this.
★★★½ review by Kevin Matthews on Letterboxd
A decent script, and great lead performance from Emily Beecham, makes this a better experience than it otherwise would be.
Intentional or not, I took away a feeling of this being a slightly inverted Blow Up. But it's also just a very good little character study.
★★★½ review by Mark Gubarenko | Марк Губаренко on Letterboxd
Не буду особо оригинальным, но это и правда выглядит как полнометражная версия Fleabag. Вообще отличная первая половина, которая после середины начинается скатываться и сливаться, а жаль, могло быть и в топе за год. Ибо от половины у меня полный восторг, а дальше все эти недожимы и непонятки. Очень жаль.
★★★½ review by William Lindus on Letterboxd
A small character study, DAPHNE follows the titular character as she wanders through her daily routine, unhappy yet resistant to change. When a traumatic event occurs to her, she struggles with the disquiet it has awakened with her while batting away the outreached hands of those around her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film; the lead actress (Emily Beecham) carries a lot of weight on her shoulders, and she does so gracefully and with a delicate hand. The emotions never feel over-wrought, and the character feels startling real and even unlikable at times.
This type of film isn't for everyone; there isn't a lot of BIG acting in this movie, nor are there a lot of BIG sequences. But if you're like me... if you enjoy small, quiet films that explore mildly unlikable characters as they cope with life... then definitely give this one a watch.
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