Departure

Departure

Streaming Video - 2017
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In Director Andrew Steggall's debut film, Beatrice (Juliette Stevenson, Mona Lisa Smile) and her teenage son Elliot (Alex Lawther, The Imitation Game) are preparing for the sale of their vacation home in the south of France. Elliot struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother. Beatrice in turn is upset over the sale and her crumbling marriage. When an enigmatic local teenager, Clément, enters their lives, both mother and son are compelled to confront their desires and, finally, each other.
Publisher: [United States] : Wolfe Video, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2017
Branch Call Number: eVideo
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 109 min.)) : sd., col

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firefly5
Feb 12, 2019

Much to slow starting for my liking. Ejected DVD after10 minutes.

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atfrancis
Feb 02, 2019

Love and pain and the whole damn thing. A movie filled with not only drama and emotion but also with exceptional beauty. Alex Lawther is brilliant.

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rondeziel
Jan 04, 2019

Stupid film. Virgin Brit. adolescent on vacation w Mom in Fr. countryside. Meets a local, liberated teen boy and becomes confused by his attraction. Wanting to know on his own what butt fuck feels like, he sneaks a carrot from refrigerator -- a large carrot, mind you -- doesn't even wash it. Returns to his bedroom and fucks himself, w much visible agony because no lubricant, no salad oil, no spit. No bloody wonder he hurts! Too stupid to try it with something like a hotdog or a sausage, or even a small carrot. No. Stupid goes for the biggest carrot he can find for his never-been-opened asshole. Next morning you see him, silent, withdrawn, and walking with greatest difficulty, as if almost crippled by a carrot. Silly rabbit! This is the highlight of this boring, tedious film w lousy music score. He never does hook up with the liberated Fr. country lad who would have said "OK, let's try it, no big deal," if only the inhibited, positively wooden Brit. had given even the slightest signal.

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MeaninglessBark
Oct 26, 2018

Departure is a masterful examination of four people whose individual worlds are in disarray. Young men haphazardly figuring out their place in the world, a middle aged couple having to address the truth about their marriage. It's definitely not a feel good film nor is it as heavily focused on the queer relationship as the trailer suggests.

Departure is one of the better looking films I've seen in a while. Almost every scene could make an intriguing photograph. The film is realistically atmospheric. It's also one of the rare films where long shots of the characters just staring and thinking actually conveys meaning.

The beauty of the film and the portrayal by the actors makes Departure worth watching.

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billlee
Aug 21, 2018

I loved this film. The acting is excellent (esp. Alex Lawther), and the characters emotionally engaging, each in his/her own way.

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graybear2
May 01, 2017

Like watching paint dry. We understand that French films require patience, but when there's no eventual payoff, you just feel angry that you wasted a couple hours. Avoid this one unless you need a fix for insomnia.

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Taxman20
Apr 11, 2017

Great movie- Well acted by all

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