Director: JEREMY BROCK
UK 2006 COLOUR DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO 98 MINS
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From first time director Jeremy Brock comes this heartwarming tale about two unlikely friends. Summer vacation for Ben (Rupert Grint) involves bible study class, work at a convalescent home, and driving lessons from his overbearing and overly religious mother (Laura Linney). It may not be a 17-year-old’s dream summer, but with a demanding, vigilant mother and a passive vicar for a father, Ben doesn’t have much choice. However, his absurdly straitlaced life begins to unravel when he gets a job assisting Evie (Julie Walters), a former grand dame of the British stage and screen. Dignified, vulgar, and childish all at once, Evie spends most of her time in her garden. Suddenly caught between two worlds, Ben starts to gravitate towards his employer’s alien ways, even though it continually gets him in trouble with his mother. One day Evie drags Ben on a camping trip, only to extend their journey by having the unlicensed Ben drive her to the Edinburgh Festival, where she is scheduled to give a poetry reading. Reluctantly, Ben ignores his innate conservativism and jumps behind the wheel. What follows is a journey that very much resembles the twoway road on which Ben and Evie travel, as each helps the other move forward in their radically different lives. Tribeca Film Festival Programme.