I’ve just had the pleasure of watching My Family And Other Animals.
Based on the autobiographical book by George Durrell of the same name, the film tells the story of the Durrell family, Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald Durrell, as well as their mother Louisa Durrell, as they spend five years (1935–1939) on the Greek island of Corfu. The family reside in a series of villas, and spend their time indulging in their varying interests. Gerald develops his passion for wildlife, his mother spends her time cooking; Larry writes; Leslie develops his passion for ballistics and sailing, whilst Margo sunbathes and enchants the local young men.
It was a very enjoyable film, telling the interesting tale of a dysfunctional family on their journies (both physical and metaphorical), and showing the ways they impact on each other and those around them. It’s a heart-warming story, brilliantly acted out by everyone involved. Chris Langham, Matthew Goode, Omid Djalili, Russell Tovey and Tamzin Merchant all did great jobs, and Imelda Staunton was brilliant as the mother of the family. The star of the film was undoubtedly Eugene Simon in the role of George, giving an honest, believable and entertaining performance. It was a joy to watch, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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