Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. It is written and directed by Richard E Grant, and based on true events from Richard E Grant's childhood.
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A superb movie, that I don't think gets the appreciation it deserves. It portrays the British community in Swaziland at the end of Empire, and records their mannerisms, idiosyncratic vocabulary and (in some cases) their social snobbery, but does this with a great deal of affection for the characters. The narrative is really centred around Ralph's father and paints a portrait of a good man tormented by his own personal demons; it also vividly conveys Ralph's love for his father, despite everything. All the cast are wonderful, but I think Zac Fox is completely marvellous as the younger Ralph. He is very personable, and I found myself rooting for him all the way. His character has an interesting facial 'tick', which seems to be triggered by anxiety. Nicholas Hoult does a fine job as the slightly older Ralph.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
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