This slow, meditative, engrossing film studies the dynamics of a painfully unhappy family. The mother, a pretty 40 something that is so neurotic and unhappy her husband finally asks for a divorce, is sorting through their old farmhouse in the South of France. A beautiful place, inhabited by very sad people. Her son, a sensitive 15 year old, is caught between wanting to comfort his mother and trying to figure out his own issues. Along comes a fetching, charismatic French young man who they are both drawn to, with issues of his own.
The film, starring the excellent Juliette Stevenson as the mother, and Alex Lawther as her son, studies the dynamics of family and how sexuality and unsaid secrets can damage and hurt everyone involved. Capably written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Andrew Steggall, Departure depicts the ending of things, but also the faint beginnings of new lives. Quietly moving, and beautifully photographed.
Departure is available starting today 3/7/17 on DVD/Video on Demand via Wolfe Video, and available through iTunes and major retailers, and at wolfeondemand.com.