SImon Amstell’s funny, charming and irresistibly personal comedy is a nervous romance, in which both parties become Annie Hall. Amstell creates a detailed ecosystem of jokes in the media and film world, and from that cynical backdrop he conjures up a miraculously heartfelt love story that is sweet and poignant in all its awkwardness.
Colin Morgan plays Benjamin, a once promising young filmmaker who is drowning in self-mockery and doubt: the ironic humor of these personal fashions is sour, now that real failure may be on the cards. He’s hyper aware that a lot of time has passed since his award-winning debut, and is now terrified (with good reason) that his follow-up will be a disaster.
Its producer Tessa (Anna Chancellor) and publicist Billie (Jessica Raine) quickly draw the line on this project and prepare to move on; Benjamin’s writing partner Stephen (Joel Fry) appears to have had an indiscretion with Billie, who wishes to hide it from her boyfriend Harry (Jack Rowan), a promising actor who starred in Benjamin’s new film but who is now heading for better and more prestigious things. And, just as Benjamin begins to come to grips with the terrible disaster of his film, he falls deeply in love with Noah (PhÃ©nix Brossard), a visiting French music student, and vaguely begins to understand that taking care of someone. other than him might be the key to happiness after all.
The setting is in London, but Amstell doesn’t feel the need for vanishing places, everything is very pessimistic and his dialogue is extremely funny at all times. There is a brilliant moment where he smokes a quintal of weed and in the loneliness / epiphany montage that follows we see him exclaim in amazement: “This is a hedge! “
There’s a big walk-on of Ellie Kendrick as a performance artist: that comedic stand-by stereotype that she breathes new life into. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett is about to steal the whole thing with a superbly sour cameo as Benjamin’s disgruntled ex.