Day of the Flowers

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
Day of the Flowers

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

When two chalk-and-cheese sisters from Scotland (Eva Birthistle and Charity Wakefield) embark on a quixotic quest to visit Cuba to scatter their father’s ashes, the stage is set for a well-meaning but not entirely successful attempt to blend cross-cultural comedy with a romantic drama about discovering your roots.

It’s refreshing to see a film about two women that doesn’t focus entirely on their love lives, but that’s the limit of the cliché-busting; elsewhere, archetypes abound. You’ve got the uptight, right-on sister who needs to cut loose and find love. There’s a Cuban romeo who’s not to be trusted. The shallower sister is obsessed with fashion and nightclubs. And there’s a soulful, sensitive chap who embodies the true spirit of Cuba. As the narrative business with the ashes becomes increasingly convoluted, you’ll find yourself willing the titular day of the flowers – a Cuban national holiday, which gives the sister’s quest a deadline – to hurry up and dawn.

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday November 29 2013
Duration:
99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Eirene Houston
Screenwriter:
Eirene Houston
Cast:
Eva Birthistle
Charity Wakefield
Carlos Acosta