Euro pud­ding Ark lark

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TWO BY TWO Di­rected by Toby Genkel, Sean McCor­mack. Voices of Carla Becker, Ava Con­nolly, Lotta Doll, Alan Stan­ford. G cert, gen­eral re­lease, 96 min Nes­tri­ans are odd-look­ing birds with a ca­pac­ity for ace home­mak­ing skills and glow­ing in the dark. But re­gard­less of crea­ture com­forts, young Finny is thor­ough- ly sick of mov­ing around with neu­rotic dad Dave and longs for a less no­madic life­style.

Un­luck­ily for Dave, stay­ing put is no longer an op­tion. A flood is com­ing. Thank­fully, a big boat is on the way. But will the nes­tri­ans be on the cap­tain’s list? And will mother and daugh­ter grymps Hazel and Leah re­luc­tantly pro­vide as­sis­tance?

When the evenings qual­ify as a grand stretch, you can be sure the sea­son for opportunistic, cheap-as-chips an­i­ma­tions is upon us. And so, cruis­ing into view on no less as ves­sel than Noah’s Ark, Two by Two brings us digitised beast­ies and a plot that will seem aw­fully familiar to any­one who has watched Ice Age or Find­ing

Nemo.

In other words, Two by Two ought to be this year’s Tarzan.

I USED TO LIVE HERE

Berry, direc­tor of the fine Bal­ly­mun Lul­laby, uses non-pro­fes­sional ac­tors to de­liver a mov­ing drama based around the trou­bling topic of sui­cide clus­ters. The film fo­cuses on two young peo­ple kicked about by the spread­ing rip­ples. Dy­lan (Flynn) is in trou­ble at school af­ter be­ing hounded by bul­lies. Amy (Jones), living with her wid­owed dad, is pressed into ever-greater ado­les­cent com­plex­i­ties. Both ac­tors de­liver fine per­for­mances in a film that prof­its from a gen­tle touch. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 80 min Di­rected by Frank Berry. Star­ring Jor­danne Jones, Dafhyd Flynn

Grymp, nes­trian: You don’t see them around too much

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