6.31 h 29 min2012X-Ray13+
Seventeen year old force-of-nature EMELIA starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel on the South Coast of England, run by the dysfunctional Fischer family.
Niall MacCormick
Sebastian KochJulia OrmondFelicity Jones
English [CC]
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Peter VaughanJessica Brown Findlay
Adrian Sturges
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@petunialillydaisyReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
pedo-erotic normalization of over sexualizing children
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call me conservative, but the young girl who is a minor walking in on the 60 year old man masturbating, and then being offered "writing classes" by said 60 year old, is not my cup of tea. this is the normalization of over sexualizing minors in film/society and I'm not into it.
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AmalfitanoReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
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Gem of a movie
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I really loved this movie. Incredible acting by the two female leads, and a brilliant, clever, and emotional storyline. I hope to see more from the screenwriter and producer. I was worried the story would be depressing but it ended up somehow kind of heartwarming. The characters felt real and not overdone, and I found myself rooting for both of them. Wonderful film.
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Austin GallaherReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2013
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An undiscovered gem of intelligent writing and acting
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As far as I can tell, Albatross was never released in the U.S. I found it on DVD because I was looking for an example of Jessica Brown Findlay's acting outside of her role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey. Described as a "rights of passage" film, I wasn't sure it would be my cup of tea. I was surprised to discover a wonderfully entertaining film with engaging performances by both Jessica Findlay and Felicity Jones. The trailers for this film don't really do it justice. And the title for this film (Albatross) sheds no light on what makes this film engaging and entertaining. A better title for Albatross might have been "Resilience". The characters are resilient. They encounter the vicissitudes of life and they emerge with a more mature view of their lives. And they do so with a sense of grace and humor. Emelia (played by Jessica Findlay) has an uncanny ability to read what the people around her are thinking and feeling. She is a sort of reality barometer. Amelia knocks the other characters of the story off balance with her unexpected intelligence. She simultaneously makes them uncomfortable and energizes them with heightened self awareness. Albatross is a wonderful example of balanced screenplay writing and intelligent acting. If you are a fan of Jessica Brown Findlay you will not be disappointed.
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Marian WillisReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Welcome to a "Force-of-Nature"
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A beautiful film, fast moving focused storyline without distracting sub-plots. Jessica excels as the credible "force-of-nature" that changes the lives of each of the four main characters by removing the special albatross that is restraining each of their lives in different ways. Jessica Brown-Findlay, at only 21, having made this film just before Downton Abbey, is amazing. She is a very beautiful woman in body and face, with "lips to die for". Add her silky voice and facial expressions as she pouts her way thru this film and she will win any man's heart. This "force of nature" has discovered early in her life that she has the power to influence and charm people, mostly men, using her beauty, and forceful personality. She differs from most women in that she has little sense of vulnerabilty; she's a risk taker. I understand that in real life Jessica is not like her character "Emelia" in Albatross, but more like "Lady Sybil" in Downton Abbey. But she really enjoyed acting as Emelia because she could do sexy things in the film without getting into trouble. This is a real breakout for her, she is headed for super stardom. I love this film. Beautiful photography as well.
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kipReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
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Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey, plays an entirely different character in this nice and sexy movie. No Oscar winner, but very enjoyable seeing JBF out of her corsets and playing a wild part girl looking for answers in life.
Ken PolnickyReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful Film Debut for Jessica Browne Findlay
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This is Jessica Brown Findlay's first motion picture (filmed before she joined Downton Abbey) and she is a real star in this film. The role contrasts nicely with her role as Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey and offers a perspective on her range as an actress. The dialogue is witty, the characters interesting, and there's enough metaphorical content to intrigue the intellectuals in the audience. Most important though, is that it forms one of the two anchoring points for Jessica Brown Findlay's film career which has blossomed in England and now appears to be doing the same in the U.S. (aka Hollywood) as she is starring opposite Collin Farrell and Russell Crow in an upcoming film entitled: Winter's Tale.
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LJReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2012
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Good Movie
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I started watching Felicity Jones's movies after seeing her in Like Crazy. There are so many movies out there with complicated storylines and incredible subplots. Sometimes, it is just nice to have a good movie that is simple and yet still has a bit of depth. That is what this movie does, and that is why I liked it.
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GDCBReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun character driven film.
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I enjoyed this. Sort of a modern coming of ages film. The teen knowing more than the middle aged auther was a fun twist.Some pretty funny even if predictable behaviors.
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