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      Daphne

      2017 1h 30m Comedy Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Daphne's life is hectic, and she is entrenched in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an active nightlife full of new faces. She is the life of the party, but her acerbic humor hides the fact that deep down Daphne is not happy. She is forced to confront the inevitability of a much needed change in her life after she saves a shopkeeper's life when he gets stabbed during a failed robbery attempt. Read More Read Less

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      Led by Emily Beecham's note-perfect performance, Daphne is a vivid portrait of a woman in flux - and an auspicious narrative debut for director Peter Mackie Burns.

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      David Ehrlich indieWire "Daphne" is a modest movie, one that feels more like a snack than a meal, but it's so vivid and disarming precisely because it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or deliver its red-haired heroine unto salvation. Rated: B+ Dec 29, 2017 Full Review Anna Leszkiewicz New Statesman Beecham is triumphant as Daphne. The camera rarely leaves her face, and some of her best moments are silent ones. Oct 12, 2017 Full Review Lisa Mullen Sight & Sound The film finally adds up to more than the sum of its well-wrought parts, offering a quietly profound insight into this young woman's attempt to navigate a world that is both familiar and brutally alien. Oct 4, 2017 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …Daphne is the kind of intelligent, sensitive character study used to be a regular feature of UK film and TV, but it’s become a lost art. Peter Mackie Burns deserves credit for keeping the flag flying for observational, reality-based film-making… Rated: 4/5 May 17, 2024 Full Review Naila Scargill Trebuchet A refreshing, believable portrait of mental illness. Feb 28, 2019 Full Review Laura Davis One Room With A View Peter Mackie Burns' directorial debut is full of promise. Emily Beecham's performance makes up for some of the slightly hit-and-miss screenplay. Rated: 4/5 Feb 22, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jeremy S Loved it. Could have watched hours more of Daphne's life. If there was a category for films like this I'd subscribe. Intelligent, realistic, it felt real throughout. No easy answers given and the plot didn't give in desired outcomes. A gem of a film that a lot of people won't like. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/16/23 Full Review isla s I thought this was ok as a drama film but it certainly isn't what I'd call a comedy film. There's pretty much nothing funny about it - if anything, its pretty depressing. The main protagonist is someone that it's not easy to feel sorry for or have any real empathy for, frankly. I didn't feel there was a strong plotline and by the end, I couldn't help wondering what I'd learned from watching the film at all. Having said that, the acting is ok. Its not in any way a remarkable film...its just a film, not a good one. Funnily enough, no, I wouldn't recommend this film(!). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I had hope for it, but about half way through I could tell it was going nowhere. This movie is definitely one you can quickly skip through, or just read the synopsis and that will literally tell you everything you need to know. The actress was good, but I just didn't like her character. The dialogue was slow, the story was boring, meh. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Spoilers: Yet another of a cadre of beautiful, young, female, redheaded, skillful actors -- Stone, Grainger, Levy and on and on. But Emily could solve all her problems if she could see her immense beauty in this role -- not just physical beauty. She sleeps around, does blow, her work is one boring restaurant kitchen duty after another. The backdrop is Brit alienation, god is dead, institutions are suspect. And Daphne is no dummy -- she has it in her head love is not the answer for psychological reasons, psychiatry is bullshit, the point being that she thinks and reads some. But all that may be cover, as she is floating, directionless really, yet she knows it, as her face and recurring pregnant pauses show us. And boom, she gets messages that start to turn it around for her. She's in a convenience store when a robber stabs the cashier and she aids him, and they give her follow-up psych services, which she first pooh-poohs, then returns to as she sees value. And her Mom has cancer, which also got her thinking that life is short and shouldn't be wasted, as her Mom had given herself to Buddhism. Daphne's idea of visiting the cashier and his family in their home after he recovered led to a nice experience as they saw her as something of a savior, though she had just comforted him a little and called for an ambulance. It was not definitive, as she looked somewhat lost still, but initiated change of leaving her job, which signaled more change. Some might say she was coming of age at 31, or was growing up. But she seemed to get the idea finally that she has to find something to sell out to, something that captivates her, something that fulfills her, like Buddhism did her Mom, who told her there has to be more than the mundane happenings of birth, work and having a child, as we don't hear about Daphne's Dad. The drinking and frivolity was not cutting it, so it was work on some kind of commitment that Daphne seemed to finally get. Then it ended, as so many movies do these days, leaving us wondering how it turned out. I guess they were saying the burgeoning conversion was the point, not the outcome, which is hopeful -- stuff happens and might actually moving you to the good. Maybe it all spins off of thankfulness for the immense beauty she is, as all of us are in our own ways. In a world of whatever, whatever doesn't really cut it. Seemingly light fare in a movie becomes the nub of the problem we all face about finding meaning and commitment. Kudos to Emily, the omnipresent horse of the movie, who kept our attention throughout. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member For a film about alienation and anomie, I found this movie slowly touched my heart. It showed me myself, and others of (not just mine, but often) my generation. And I think there was "real love" in the characterization. PS Not a spoiler, but, after four months since watching Daphne, just noticed how her door opens. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A gritty true to life movie that deeply resonated with me. A story of a person struggling to find meaning in everyday life. Excellent production and with a dialogue and cinematography that captures the essence of modern life. The stand out performance of Emily Beecham in the title role lifts the film to a great height. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Daphne's life is hectic, and she is entrenched in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an active nightlife full of new faces. She is the life of the party, but her acerbic humor hides the fact that deep down Daphne is not happy. She is forced to confront the inevitability of a much needed change in her life after she saves a shopkeeper's life when he gets stabbed during a failed robbery attempt.
      Director
      Peter Mackie Burns
      Producer
      Valentina Brazzini, Tristan Goligher
      Screenwriter
      Nico Mensinga
      Production Co
      The Bureau
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 3, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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