By James Burbidge


Set on the Brazilian coastline, Adrift takes place during a family’s long, lazy summer holidays. The father, Mathias, is played Vincent Cassel (Mesrine(s), Brotherhood of the Wolf) in his first Portuguese language film. He stars amongst a cast of striking women: his Lolita-esque daughter, his alcoholic wife and the coolly beautiful American tourist living down the coast road. Mathias is a writer, and he sees this holiday as a chance to really get into his new book. His wife Clarice spends her time drinking, and as the evenings and summer progresses, throwing increasingly sarcastic and provocative remarks in Mathias’ direction. All this is seen through the eyes of Filipa, their young daughter who is just beginning to discover her own sexuality.

Adrift wonderfully capture the nebulous and fluctuating sexual politics in a large group of teenagers on holiday. Filipa picks up and drops a relationship with a boy called Arthur, watching almost disinterestedly as he develops a relationship with her friend when she isn’t around. Filipa becomes both distressed and fascinated however, when she discovers her father’s tryst with the US tourist, Angela.

Using suggestive and subjective camera-work we see through Filipa’s uncomprehending eyes as her parent’s relationship dissolves before her eyes. Cinematographer Ricardo Della Rosa is the star of this film; every frame is pure beautiful glowing nostalgia. More subtly, each set of characters has their own lighting style: the long, cool evenings of the parent’s drinking parties and the washed out heat of midday on the beach for the teenagers.


Whilst the plot, small and intimate, is nothing we haven’t seen before, this film is more of an atmosphere than a story - one to see on the big screen and luxuriate in the beautiful pictures before you.

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James Burbidge James performs a plethora of tasks for Raindance; writing articles, editing the newsletter, managing Twitter, helping on courses, organising volunteers and running the script services are but a few of the ones he is allowed to tell you about.
When he isn’t daydreaming about daylight he watches films (well, duh!) reads a bit, writes a bit and kicks arse at ultimate Frisbee.




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