N/C 15+ THE DRIFTERS
2019 | Dir Ben Bond | 91mins | GB
Fanny (Lucie Bourdeu), a Parisienne waitress, and Koffee (Jonathan Ajayi), an African immigrant, meet at a London English class. Both are running from something – she from a dead-end existence, he from something far more life-threatening. Fleeing London after Koffee has botched a job for his boss, they fetch up in Teignmouth, where a brief respite allows them to get to know each other, enjoy life and ponder where they want to get to, before reality catches up. Breezily shot in vibrant colours and in a style joyfully recalling the French Nouvelle Vague, this entertaining film makes Teignmouth look like the French Riviera and is imbued with a free-wheeling ambience that is the perfect antidote for the pandemic blues.
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Valencia Haynes (FilmBath) in conversation with director Ben Bond with Lucie Bordeu and Jonathan Ajayi can be viewed here.
Film run ends on 23 May 2021.