DAPHNE

UK, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Europe)

Director: Peter Mackie Burns

DAPHNE

'Like a big-screen Fleabag, Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne is a remarkably real and well-realised version of the self-destructive single girl archetype.' – IndieWire

Daphne is 31, flippant, cynical and intelligent – she reads Slavoj Žižek for fun – but also stuck in a rut. Not that she'd ever admit it: her daily life of casual work, casual sex and not-so-casual boozing suits her just fine. Sure, her mother's ailing health is a problem, but Daphne does her best to ignore it, along with anyone or thing else that threatens to break through her disaffected emotional façade. That is, until an unwelcome encounter on the London streets unexpectedly pushes her over the edge, and she's finally forced to question her choices.

Compared by many critics to Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret (and by others to Lena Dunham's Girls), this nuanced debut feature from Peter Mackie Burns walks a tightly wound but always dynamic line between complex comedy and disarming drama. Emily Beecham turns in a superb performance in the title role, unafraid to pull any punches when it comes to her character's unapologetic honesty, making Daphne a refreshing portrait of contemporary womanhood, in contemporary London.

'A thoughtful and bittersweet take on human connectivity amid inevitable pain … as in Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, we're left with a hopeful, prescriptive vision, that suggests emotionally generous resilience is a widespread, healing counter-force.' – Senses of Cinema

 


See also...

STELLA DOES TRICKS

We first see Stella - school-aged but alrear an old hand at prostitution - walking through a London park in short dress and pig­tails, ice-cream cone in hand. She calmly ser­vices a gent on a bench, k... More »

SMALL TIME

This gangling portrait of a group of thieving losers is imbued with an infectious, laddish humour and writer/director/actor/producer Shane Meadows' genius for character observation. Male and Jumbo, be... More »

THE FULL MONTY

Robert Carlyle - forever etched in most moviegoers' memories as the psychopathic Begby in Trainspotting - is a jobless steel worker, Gaz, who dreams up an outrageous scheme to pull himself and mates o... More »

THE LITTLE HOURS

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco and Nick Offerman tear up the middle ages in this raunchy and hilarious sex-farce based on The Decameron. ... Specifically, The Little Hours adapts the first sto... More »

ALBINO ALLIGATOR

Kevin Spacey's (Usual Suspects, Seven) shatter­ing directorial debut. Albino Alligator takes the familiar frame of a heist gone wrong/hostage drama and hangs upon it astonishing perfor­mances from the... More »

A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE

The lyrical and spare storytelling that Makhmalbaf applied in Gabbeh (MIFF 1996) is utilised again to tell another personal story, this time it is the director's own, told from two differ­ent points o... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director