Out on the street and down on his luck, homeless misfit Ray (David Wilmot) turns to one-time girlfriend Alice (Kerry Condon) for both shelter and the rare chance to see his estranged daughter, teenage athlete Abbie (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams). Ray’s presence doesn’t suit tightly wound ‘performance coach’ Frank (James Nesbitt), Alice’s current partner and the man Abbie considers her father, and his fears are quickly realised as Ray’s well-meaning attempts to be a parent upset the balance of this small-town family.
Sparkling at the film’s heart is Williams, who captures perfectly the brashness and insecurity of a teenager desperate for success. Brave enough to show the real challenges of rebuilding families and lives, Gold is the best kind of feel-good comedy: one that earns the delight it inspires. (Notes by Conor Dowling.)