Sparks and Embers
Time Out says
Borrowing from Richard Curtis and 'Blue Valentine', Gavin Boyter's debut adds nothing new to the romcom
Aping the flashback structure of ‘Blue Valentine’, this harmless London-set romcom depicts the optimistic start of a love affair and its sputtering sort-of-end. Tom (TV regular Kris Marshall) is a self-absorbed record-sleeve designer who’s just been made redundant as the industry implodes; Eloise (Annelise Hesme) is the woman who fired him, a French ball-buster hired to streamline the company. But when they’re trapped in a lift (groan, seriously?) the inevitable happens. Three years and one passionate but doomed relationship later, the pair meet for a farewell drink…
There’s nothing particularly offensive about ‘Sparks and Embers’ – Tom is a bit of a pillock and Eloise’s cutesy-Frenchness is laid on rather thick, but the performers are essentially likeable. The problem is there’s no real charm, originality or insight either: the film just meanders lazily along, and ends without leaving an impression.
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