Film Club Review
Every Monday, 12 young film lovers head to our cinema under the stars at Lotterywest Films to take in the best international cinema has to offer. As aspiring cinephiles, we've asked them for their thoughts on the flicks.
Read Sofia Paul's review of this week's film Juniper
Connection between generations
Juniper is a heartfelt film about the beauty of an unexpected connection between different generations.
Set in gorgeous New Zealand, we meet troubled teenager Sam (the captivating George Ferrier). Sam has returned from boarding school and is struggling to accept the sudden presence of his English alcoholic grandmother, Ruth (the entertaining Charlotte Rampling) in his home, after breaking her leg.
The pair get off to a rough start with Ruth pressing a buzzer when she requires any assistance and after discovering it irritates her grandson, continues to buzz multiple times. Sam gets her back by watering down her gin, which he learns is a mistake. However, as time goes on he realises they have more in common than he first believed.
The film taps into grief, growing up, life, family and love. It is based on writer and director, Matthew Saville’s own experiences as a teen.
There are remarkable shots that highlight the greenery and natural beauty of New Zealand. The fields are so expansive, making the characters appear small and suggesting the concept of isolation. There is an upsetting scene where Sam is contemplating hanging himself, in a lonely yard.
The colour scheme mostly feels wintery and cold, pointing to some of the dark but real themes the film showcases. The dialogue is well considered, humorous and realistic.
Talented newcomer, Ferrier and screen icon, Rampling work stunningly together to create a credible relationship that will draw viewers in.
Juniper is a touching piece focusing on the hardships of life and the lessons we can learn no matter what age. It is a film worth watching- for the young and old.
Screening at Lotterywest Films
Screening at Lotterywest Films from 13 – 19 Dec.
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