This is an independent British film, which tells the story of two brothers. They live in Brighton with their doting mother. Only she suddenly dies leaving them to their own devices. The eldest brother Danny (Aaron Taylor-Johnson `Kick Ass') is into his dance music and so indulges in a parent free zone by enjoying himself, drinking and living t up.
Meanwhile younger brother Jack (Thomas Grant) just can't let go of his mum. So he carries on as if she was still alive. He makes her breakfast and has conversations with her, and then he sort of makes a mock up from a dress dummy (hence the title) and carries on as if that were his mother. Their mother was very artistic and has even done a self portrait of her showing her bum - nice touch that. The father has left eons ago and is never really alluded to.
As Danny gets more un guardian like, things start to spin out of control, but he has a steady hand from his girlfriend which helps things along as they go from one mess to the next.
This is billed as coming of age drama and it does do that in a fresh and original way. Emma Catherwood playing Zoe is particularly likeable but everyone puts in a fine performance. It has its funny moments but essentially this is about how young people deal with grief and each other as they grow up in a modern setting. It is paced in such a way that you have time to think, so not a roller coaster, but I think it is all the better for it. Recommended to fans of independent cinema who like things a bit different.