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I hadn't actually heard of this film before but when I was bored at home one day and decided to browse what was currently on offer on Sky Anytime. The title of this immediately drew me to see what it was about as it made me wonder what it was about. This is a film only review.
The film begins with gentle music and shows pictures of a couple in a hospital who have just had a baby girl. The couple look elated and it gives a happy start to the film because it makes you feel like they are embarking upon a life that they craved - a family life.
Fast forwarding to the present day, Emilia who was the new mother is rushing to get to a primary school in time to collect someone. But it is not her daughter she is waiting for, and she does not have her daughter in the pushchair. Instead, she is collecting her stepson, William. Emilia and William have a strained relationship and although she tries her hardest with him he doesn't quite seem to trust her yet.
When home, William has a snack and proceeds to tell Emilia about his friends Dad who has started selling things on ebay. He then progresses to tell her that they should try ebay. Emilia says shes not interested in buying really and William explains he means selling stuff they don't need anymore. She says she doesn't really have anything to which he replies that they could sell the babies stuff. It is then apparent that Emilia's baby had died. Understandably, Emilia is upset and unfortunately in the heat of the moment she ends up having a row with William. Will Emilia ever be able to move on?
Emilia is played by Natalie Portman so I did expect this film to be of a good standard, however I was surprised that I hadn't actually heard of the film before, therefore I was a little unsure what to expect and thought it would probably be a good film that I would enjoy watching but nothing amazing.
I liked the plot of the film because it was quite different to my usual genres of chick flicks and comedy. Despite being about the death of a child, the film isn't too dark. Don't get me wrong, the family are all very sad about the death of Isabel and Emilia is depressed but they are trying to get on with their lives. Initially I thought that the film may be a little too sad for me to watch but it turned out to be ok as the plot of the film was so gripping.
I did feel quite protective of Emilia. She had just had to experience the death of her daughter and to top it off she was trying to form a relationship with her step-son who she had known less than a year. Her husband, Jack didn't seem to be around much as he worked long hours but this meant that if Emilia wasn't alone, she was with William which was initially quite a strained relationship.
I thought the acting in the film was very strong. Familiar faces include Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow which were both very good throughout. I really liked the character of William too because he wasn't your standard child and at times he provided some very funny scenes.
The plot flowed well and there was no real clear ending from the beginning however there was always something going on. The film did provide some shocks along the way, especially towards the end. I liked this aspect as it was something that I wasn't expecting. The ending was done well and was the correct ending in my view.
The film was released in 2009.
It is rated a 15.
It runs for 99 minutes.
It stars Natalie Portman as Emilia.
It is based on a book of the same name.
I actually really enjoyed this film and ended up watching it again yesterday, a couple of weeks after first seeing it. I liked the plot and I thought this flowed really well and provided an interesting storyline which held my attention. Still currently available on Sky Anytime, though this is 'last chance' now so if you do want to watch it then I would try and see it sooner rather than later.