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Let Me Go 15

BUY TICKETS 8pm Monday 5 February
Followed by a Q&A with director Polly Steele and producer Lizzie Pickering.

DIRECTOR Polly Steele
CAST Juliet Stevenson, Jodhi May, Lucy Boynton, Karin Bertling

A thoughtful film about four generations of women dealing with long-buried family secrets dating back to Austria in the Second World War.

Juliet Stevenson gives an excellent performance in this thoughtful film about four generations of women dealing with estrangement and long-buried secrets, loosely based on a true story. Helga was just four when she was abandoned by her mother in Austria in 1941. Now living in London, she learns that her mother is close to death in a Viennese nursing home and decides to travel there. This visit affects her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter as all three women confront devastating truths about their family past.
(2017 UK / Austria 101 mins Part subtitled)

As played by Juliet Stevenson and Karin Bertling, Helga and Traudi have the mother-daughter conflict to end them all, played out in a series of increasingly fraught and painful conversations. Stevenson and Bertling are formidably good here. Bertling’s sinuous way with a revelation and her finely calibrated dance in and out of the memories her dementia has spared are pretty much an acting masterclass.  Graeme Tuckett, NZ Stuff

Language: German / English

BBFC advice: Contains strong language
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