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DIRECTOR Andy Serkis
CAST Claire Foy, Andrew Garfield, Diana Rigg, Tom Hollander
A moving drama about a couple challenging the taboos of disability after the husband contracts polio but is determined to live out his life.
Andy Serkis’s directorial debut is based on the true story of adventurous newly-weds, Robin and Diana Cavendish, whose hopes and dreams were dashed when Robin contracted polio on their Kenyan honeymoon in 1958. Ignoring advice and defying social norms, Diana broke her husband out of hospital and the two set on a defining path towards challenging taboos and campaigning for disability rights. Moving performances and an emotionally resonant script bring this inspiring story to life.
(2017 UK 117 mins)
Joy is a complicated emotion to capture on screen – particularly when your narrative deals with paralysis, imprisonment and a desire for death. Yet Andy Serkis’s directorial feature debut, about the life of pioneering polio survivor Robin Cavendish, is so full of laughter that one might easily forget its sombre subject matter. Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses – like its protagonists – to succumb to confinement … I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed and cried so much at the same movie. Mark Kermode, The Observer
BBFC advice: Contains infrequent bloody images
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