English country romp captures teen spirit - Tamara Drewe (M)

This most delightful adaptation of Posy Simmonds’s graphic novel is filled to the brim with delicious performances, not least of which is Gemma Arterton’s, the girl with desert dust in her sandals from The Prince of Persia. 

The film is set in an English village where successful, pompous and decidedly unfaithful pulp novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Allam) runs a writer’s retreat with his long-suffering wife, Beth (Greig), who tries to turn a blind eye to her husband’s dalliances.  

Sympathetic to Beth is American writer-in-residence Glen McCreavy (Camp). Bill Camp is part of the American Repertory Theater; it’s the first time I’ve seen him in a film and he is wonderful – mind you he’s given many of the best lines and scenes in the film.

Into this mix comes Tamara Drewe (Arterton), who is planning to sell the nearby family home, bought from the family of local hunk Andy (Evans) with whom Tamara

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