One of the most surprising films this year, A Long Way Down follows the story of four unlikely characters who meet atop a building in London on New Year’s Eve with the intention of committing suicide.
Starring Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding), Pierce Brosnan (Mama Mia!), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Imogen Poots (Filth) the seemingly morbid plot encompasses the black humour the British are famed for, thus being most appropriate to feature in this year’s British Film Festival.
The four make a pact to get down off the roof after ironically talking each other out of jumping, only to find themselves meshed together in a series of events which inevitably involve learning something about themselves.
Although it sounds like a ‘feel-good’ picture, and perhaps it is in a way, the wonderful thing about the film adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel is that it brings up discussion and reality of mental health without the Hollywood lens.
From Brosnan’s hilarious depiction of a disgraced morning show host to Collette’s flawless performance of a delightfully daggy housebound mother, the film, under the direction of Pascal Chaumell, has the perfect amount of laughs, light and shade and tender moments to make this film an absolute must-see.
And if that isn’t convincing enough, Aaron Paul shows his versatility as failed American rock star JJ, and Imogen Poots is an absolute standout as Jess, the quirky daughter of a politician who brightens every scene and keeps the plot moving along.
A Long Way Down is in cinemas now as part of the British Film Festival.