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Molly Manning Walker | 2023 | 98 MINS
Awards Pick

This late addition to our Awards season programme recognizes a fearless, and mesmerizing film from start to finish, where three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday.

★★★★★ The Guardian

In Detail

Tara (Mia McKenna-Bruce), Skye (Lara Peake) and Em (Enva Lewis) arrive in Malia, Crete, intent to treat the resort town as their own hedonistic Neverland.

A thousand miles from home – and their GCSE results – they’ll drink, “hook up” with boys, and have the best summer of their lives. But this amazing debut from Molly Manning Walker is no female offering of ‘The Inbetweeners’, it is 97% rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been hailed as one of the best British films of the year, and recognized as such with three Bafta nominations including Outstanding British Film.

Walker often lets the camera linger on McKenna-Bruce’s face and eyes that convey all the things she can’t find the words for. It is a shattering performance and made all the more devastating because it is so subtle.

This coming-of-age story centred on a sexual awakening, in Walker’s hands (as both writer and director), produces results of unusual emotional intensity.