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When David discovers that his best friend Emily is being forced to leave their caravan park home, he agrees to help her to run away. But after their plan starts to unravel, secrets come to light that transform his life in ways he never imagined.

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Tom Harper

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Jack Thorne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Turgoose ... David
Holliday Grainger ... Emily
Ruth Wellman Ruth Wellman ... Mrs. Fry
Ewen MacIntosh ... Charlie
Ann Elsley Ann Elsley ... Lucy
Rafe Spall ... Steve
Susan Lynch ... Sharon
Lorraine Bruce ... Betty
Tony Maudsley ... Jim
Candice Manning Candice Manning ... Candice
Ellen Hussey Ellen Hussey ... Woman at Karaoke
Susan Earl Susan Earl ... WPC
Steven Mackintosh ... DI Kertzer
Michael Webber Michael Webber ... Rambler
Stewart Bevan Stewart Bevan ... Frank
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Best friends David and Emily enjoy their carefree life in a coastal caravan park. When they learn that Emily is being forced to move away, David he agrees to help her hide out in a remote cave on the beach. Emily's absence soon becomes complicated, as David watches the effect on her family and police suspect one of their neighbors of involvement. When Emily tells David the real reason she wants to hide, his world is shattered. With his complex feelings for Emily growing stronger due to their shared hidden existence, David takes action. Written by Amandaod

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Release Date:

19 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »

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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Celador Films, Pathe UK See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A bittersweet tale of love and loss with some outstanding performances...
30 April 2011 | by ajs-10See all my reviews

I remember hearing about this film when it came out, as I recall, it got a pretty good reception. On the strength of this I decided to give it a viewing. It's quite hard to put down in words the feelings that are brought forth by this British made coming of age tale of love and loss. This one can really get to you if you're in the mood for it. I thought it was very good and that the young actors involved were really excellent.

Emily and David are teenagers, they both live at a caravan park on the Norfolk (England) coast. They are like brother and sister, inseparable. One day Emily hears that she is going to have to go and live with her father. This changes everything for David, his feelings for her may run deeper than he is prepared to admit. The following day Emily disappears and David is the first one they call on to find out where she is. Of course he denies all knowledge and they focus on Steve, the security guard at the park. Little do they know that David and Emily have hatched a plan to hide her so she doesn't have to go and live with her father. Unfortunately things don't go according to plan and, as time passes, David finds out things about Emily that he wishes he didn't know. I can't tell you what it is as I don't want to spoil it for you.

There are some great songs in the soundtrack from the band 'Noah and the Whale', and a nice score by Jack C. Arnold. It's a very well made film with some really nice cinematography. I particularly liked the use of close-ups. As I said earlier, the two young actors involved are truly excellent. Holliday Grainger as Emily is every bit the young teenage tom-boy she portrays and Thomas Turgoose does an excellent job as the love-lorne David. Also, an honourable mention goes to Rafe Spall as Steve.

I really liked this film. It has a very measured style that gently takes you along the path of this bittersweet tale. It's unmistakably English and I think it works better for that, playing on your emotions right up until the rather tragic ending. It's not perfect, the pacing seems a little bit off in places and I felt that some of the characters were a little bit too larger than life, but over all, I liked it. So, if you're prepared for a bit of an emotional ride with a couple of great performances in a very well shot film, then I can definitely recommend this one to you.

My Score: 7.3/10


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