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The Escape Rated 15

The Escape

Dir. Dominic Savage. UK, 2017. 1h 41m. Starring Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, Jalil Lespert.

Feeling trapped by the numbing routine of an unloving marriage, a stay-at-home-mum escapes from her claustrophobic family life with a one-way ticket to Paris. Gemma Arterton gives an outstanding central performance in this painfully empathetic drama.

‘This movie is not a comfortable experience. It's jarring, angular: the film-making equivalent of stepping barefoot on discarded Lego bricks.’ ★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘A superlative performance from Gemma Arterton is at the centre of this almost unbearably painful and sad film from writer-director Dominic Savage.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian