Adult Life Skills

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Adult Life Skills

Jodie Whittaker brings light and life to this unambitious British indie.

With so many oddball indie films being made, it wouldn’t be surprising if we all developed an allergy to eccentricity – sneezing and wheezing the instant a character appears on screen wearing green tights.

How much you love this low-budget British effort will depend on your tolerance to quirkiness. Brilliant Jodie Whittaker (the mum of the murdered boy in ‘Broadchurch’) stars as kooky Anna. She’s just about to turn 30 and is still living at home, in a shed in her mum’s garden in Yorkshire where she makes videos using her thumbs as characters.

Whittaker is real and likeable, and there are some very funny lines in this female-centred film, like Anna’s mum’s withering putdowns: ‘There’s a hair on your chin I could swing off.’ (These are coming from a good place, wanting to get Anna back out in the world after a tragedy). But it feels like first time director Rachel Tunnard is trying too hard, piling on the offbeat characters in Wes Anderson-weird costumes. ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,’ said Coco Chanel. What applies to earrings works for films too.

By: Cath Clarke

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Director: Rachel Tunnard
Screenwriter: Rachel Tunnard
Cast: Jodie Whittaker
Lorraine Ashbourne
Brett Goldstein