AroView: A cheeky charmer set in East London that refreshingly leans away from the miseries of working-class life, inspired as it was by Taika Waititi’s “Boy”.
Lola Campbell is terrific as a scrappy twelve-year-old living illegally on her own after her mother dies, only for her dead-beat Dad (Harris Dickinson, Triangle of Sadness) to turn up looking to reconnect after a twelve-year absence. Like “Aftersun”, it’s a first-time feature by another young British Charlotte (Regan) about a father and daughter, and though it won’t change your worldview, it will keep multiple generations in your household engaged and amused.
“Like Aftersun on a gallon of SunnyD, this warm and freewheeling comedy-drama about a girl connecting with the dad she’s never met proves that working-class stories don’t have to be all misery and angst.” ~Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
“Stylistically bold and youthful in approach, if sometimes a little uneven, it’s a picture packed full of ideas and fizzing energy.” ~Wendy Ide, Screen Daily