Euro pudding Ark lark
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
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