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5.0 out of 5 stars See it!, 11 Jan 2014
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I doubt I can add anything new to the dozens of five star reviews this film has already had here, but I have to say that I had read the book and didn't "get" it and I watched the film and completely got it. I love the naturalness of the acting, so unselfconscious and unshowy. The cast are so convincing - they are those people, totally. And I would be the first to get all socialist realist about the first world problems in the suburbs, but the story finds something universal in this suburban coming of age story, in the same way "Donnie Darko" does. You never once think about poor little rich kids. The camera work, the lighting, the script are so well judged. You never feel like a voyeur of somebody's emotional life, so unusual. And I loved the attachment to retro, the Anglophile streak a mile wide, the genuine love for those great shards of eighties culture, the Smiths and the Cocteau Twins. I loved the straightforwardness and honesty about some very difficult subjects. What the film says about sex and belonging seems to me helpful and useful and right. All this and it's good-looking and charming, the whole thing. Five stars.
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