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Arriving without her husband for reasons that are at first unexplained, Anna enters the cosy world of a bourgeois family on holiday. In her mid-40s with no children of her own, Anna is unrelated to this extended family, which belongs to her old school friend Verena. 
Phone calls to her husband Alex reveal a rift in their marriage, hiding an unspoken sadness in both their lives. In a series of subtle ellipses, and with a deliberate avoidance of melodrama, we observe Anna as she rejects the company of the adults, in favour of the carefree teenagers. They seem to fill an empty space in her life. Through Anna's awkward attempts to join in with the teenagers' escapades, she unwittingly becomes the centre of a breakdown within the family, and finds herself shunned by everyone. She attempts to find solace through phone calls to her husband Alex but is met by jealousy and suspicion. 
Anna retreats to an anonymous hotel room, where Verena visits her, and Anna's untold story finally emerges. Her curious behaviour appears in a new light and she now has to pick up the pieces of her relationship with Alex.


Type of film
Running Time
100 mins
Joanna Hogg 1st Feature
Barbara Stone
Helle le Fevre
Joanna Hogg
Director of Photography
Oliver Curtis
Production Designer
Stephane Collonge
Jovan Ajder
Principal Cast
Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, Mary Roscoe, David Rintoul, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Emma Hiddleston, Michael Hadley, Harry Kershaw

Production status


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Last updated 23rd November 2007

Production Company

Raw Siena Limited
39 Chiswick Green Studios
1 Evershed Walk
London W4 5BW