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Aro Favourite Submarine

 

UK 2010, 97 minutes
Dir. Richard Ayoade
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy, Drama

Topics: Rites-of-passage.

 

“has a uniquely strange, yet totally accessible comic sensibility, fused by a brilliant script to a brace of pitch-perfect performances.”~Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)

Aroview: Actor Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) proves adept behind the camera with this imaginative adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's novel about precocious 15-year-old Welshman caught in the thick of first love while his parents' relationship sours.

Bittersweet and evocative, the music, cinematography, design and editing choices form a cohesive, affecting portrait that cuts to the heart of adolescent yearning and romantic entanglement. Wryly comic, but never too cute, Ayoade's precocious talent makes the subjective rites-of-passage material seem fresh, aided by the dead-on casting of newcomer Craig Roberts in the central role.

NZ International Film Festival 2011

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