“Departure” has to be about the 100th teen drama that I’ve watched in the last 6 months. While LGBTQ films require a certain degree of respect, I was left a little confused by this film. I get that it’s basically a tale about a young man making sense of an impending move and his family splitting up. But, the horndog push in on his lust target creates something odd onscreen. It gets even odder when we find that our focal young man’s crush is also revving up his mother’s cougar engine.
Having a teenage boy and his mother pine after the same young man shouldn’t be out of place now. Still, it feels predatory in a way that kinda undermines what the film seems to want to achieve. I get the need to have an angle that turns a film into something other than a soapbox or Young Adult romance. It’s just could there not have been a better way to pull this off? The film paints in a ton of crude strokes that feels like a lesser director was trying to saying something important. I expected a bit more.
- 1 hr and 49 mins
- Not Rated
- Wolfe Video
RELEASE DATE: 3/7/17
- Film Score - 79%79%
The Plot Thus Far
An intimate and restrained story of an English mother (Juliette Stevenson) and her son, a fifteen year old dreamy eyed would-be writer (Alex Lawther) who is exploring his dawning sexuality. When they take an emotional journey to the South of France, they become embroiled in a love triangle with a rugged, handsome French boy. Both mother and son are compelled to confront their own desire, family secrets, and a complicated relationship with each other.
Set amidst ravishing landscapes of Southern France, DEPARTURE creates a sophisticated emotional and aesthetic palette to create a cinematic meditation on language, silence, and secrets. Written & directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Andrew Steggall, DEPARTURE is his feature directorial debut.