Departure Andrew Steggall’s debut feature adds enough of an original dramatic spin to ensure Departure is more than the typical LGBT coming out/ of-age drama that it may appear. Beatrice (Juliet Stevenson) and teenage son Elliot (Alex Lawther) head to their getaway home in France, where Elliot becomes infatuated with a local teen. All manner of sexual confusion follows, of course. Sumptuously shot and delicately crafted, the dovetailing narratives and overarching themes ensure Departure is true to its title in a genre stuffed full of tired cliches.
Demolition Pairing Jake Gyllenhaal with the director of Dallas Buyers Club, JeanMarc Vallée, sounds like a match made in heaven. And while Demolition grips throughout and Gyllenhaal is predictably brilliant, it’s not quite the home run many may’ve imagined. Gyllenhaal plays Davis, an investment banker whose wife is killed in a car accident. As he struggles to cope, he slowly but chaotically unravels. While the performances are powerful and gripping – Naomi Watts impresses, even with little to do – the soulsearching doesn’t quite reach the philosophical, emotive heights it’s seeking.