A very indie film with lots of nice moments. It deftly counterposes two frustrated souls and as the summer passes we see them follow parallel paths as they try to shake off their respective disappointments: Sue with a tentative romance, Daniel with musical endeavours. Monica Dolan does an amazing job as Sue Bagnold – all the idiosyncrasies are pitch perfect. As mom as they come.
Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel, this is a quirky, funny yet sweet coming-of-age story about single motherhood and Metallica. Daniel was supposed to spend the summer with his dad and his dad’s new wife in Florida, but when his dad cancels the trip Daniel and his mom suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. An epic war of wills ensues in their suburban home as Daniel just wants to listen to heavy metal and start a band while his mom hopes to rekindle the fun times they used to have together.
UK 2020, 86 min, M (offensive language)
Directed by Simon Bird
Starring Monica Dolan, Earl Cave, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Alice Lowe & Paul Bradley