DIR/WRI: Alicia Duffy • PRO: Jonathan Cavendish, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbs, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Patrick Quinet, Tora Young • DOP: Nanu Segal • ED: Nicolas Chaudeurge • DES: Igor Gabriel • CAST: David Brazil, Kate Duchêne, Martin Firket, Jack Gleeson, David Wilmot
Following the critical acclaim of her short films, All Good Children is writer/director Alicia Duffy’s first feature-length film and was included in the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by Sam Taylor’s The Republic of Trees, the story opens on two young Irish brothers who, following the suicide of their mother, are relocated to rural France to stay with their aunt. The younger of the two boys, Dara (Jack Gleeson), strikes up a friendship with the daughter of a local English family, Bella (Imogen Jones). While the two are initially inseparable, when Bella begins to distance herself from an increasingly intense Dara he isn’t ready to let her go.
Told from Dara’s perspective, All Good Children is the account of a boy’s attempts to understand and deal with the sudden loss of his mother. The lack of an adult role model is all too evident as Dara’s grip on reality becomes increasingly unstable with Gleeson mesmerising in his portrayal of the vulnerable and desperate protagonist. Dialogue is left to a minimum and ultimately unnecessary as Dara’s emotions are written all over his face through nervous smiles, twitches and fought back tears.
Duffy expertly steers the story utilising the camera and score as much as her actors to convey the complex and oft dark emotions which the children are unable to express orally. All Good Children is a haunting story which will stay with you long after the credits roll on its unindulgent eighty minutes.
The DVD’s special features include cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
All Good Children is released on DVD on 11th March 2011
* Format: Colour, PAL
* Region: Region 2
* Number of discs: 1
* Classification: 15
* Studio: Element Pictures
* DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2011
* Run Time: 81 minutes