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Old Boys (15)
March 15th - March 17th
BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL
Director: Toby MacDonald
Starring: Alex Lawther, Nathen Solly, Giles Malcolm, Nicholas Agnew
The ever-engaging Cyrano de Bergerac story is refreshed and relocated to an English (boys only) boarding school, period unspecified.
Alex Lawther (Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World) plays weedy, working-class scholarship boy Amberson, hopelessly at sea in the gloriously caricatured push and pull of brutish male ritual. Bonding with French teacher’s daughter Agnes, he is disappointed to discover that she only has eyes for beef: dimwitted, ultra-posh Winchester. Affably, (but ever-yearning) Amberson steps in to supply the patter.
Delightfully funny, this first feature by award-winning short film director Macdonald would be a coming-of-age film – but nobody exactly grows up.
Running time: 1hr 26mins