Late September review

A dad’s Richard Vanstone 65th birthday gathering is the conventional backdrop for Painted Angels director Jon Sanders’ unconventionally realised third feature.

Sanders makes Mike Leigh look profligate but his bare-budget, semi-improv ensemble piece stacks up dramatic riches over its 24-hour timespan: a 40-year marriage crumbles, an ageing lothario cracks up…

More art might’ve helped hone an aesthetic that leaves some exchanges over-stretched and some characters under-developed. But the cast cut into the tough truths of late-life relations. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel it ain’t.

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