The BAFTA winning first feature from writer/director Emily Young is an intimate and moving journey into the heart of a family. Helen (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) lives with her children and father in London and desperately awaits the return of her husband John (Peter Mullan), an aid worker who has long been absent in a war-torn part of Eastern Europe. Then one day, Helen is killed in a car accident. So begins a three-day odyssey involving the whole family: the children and their grandfather (David Warner), struggling with their loss; John, unaware of his wife s death, making the difficult journey home through dangerous terrain; and Helen herself, caught in the space between life and death. Featuring compelling performances from Dapkunaite and Mullan, this sensitively observed and powerful drama establishes Young as a remarkable filmmaking talent.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Helen lives in London with her father and her kids. John, her husband, is an aid-worker in Eastern Europe. He has been gone many months. Helen is desperately anxious that he should come home. Taking the kids to school one morning, she is killed in a car accident. She remains caught in limbo, trapped between life and death. Many miles away, in war-torn Eastern Europe, John is unaware that his wife has died. As Helen herself is unaware that she is dead. Thus begins, a four-day Odyssey: Grandpa and the kids must come to terms with Helen's death; John must travel across a war-torn land as he tries to reach home; and Helen must stand helplessly observing her own existence as it comes back to haunt her - until at last she is reconciled with John, and thus released. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, Cannes Film Festival, ...Kiss of Life ( Helen of Peckham )