DAPHNE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

Di­rected by Pete Mackie Burns. Star­ring Emily Beecham, Geral­dine James, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile,

Sinead Matthews A thir­tysome­thing Lon­doner who quotes Slavoj Zizek, Daphne (Beecham), an anti-Brid­get Jones, seems to be wasted in her kitchen job. Or per­haps the kitchen job is wasted on her? She drinks too much and ca­su­ally does hook-ups and drugs, but not to tragic or de­struc­tive ef­fect. There’s quite rightly a great deal of buzz around Peter Mackie Burns’s spiky de­but fea­ture. Daphne isa char­ac­ter study that, much like its tit­u­lar sub­ject, re­fuses to con­form to neat, trite ex­pec­ta­tions. Club, QFT, Belfast; IFI, Dublin, 87 min TB qft

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