Directed by: Shelly Love – Starring: Bronagh Gallagher, Lola Petticrew
This female-led feature film has an almost entirely female team behind it (including Louise Gallagher – yep Bronagh’s sister) as producer, which already makes it brilliant in my book, given the glut of male-centric movies that have hit our screens this year. The team is especially appropriate given the subject matter – you get the feeling that a male-heavy team may have been a bit cack-handed in their handling of it.
Gallagher plays Pamela, a 44-year-old single mother to 15-year-old, Allegra (Petticrew). Like most mothers and teenage daughters, their relationship is strained, compounded by the fact that the roles are somewhat reversed, with Pamela being the hedonistic party animal, and Allegra being the serious and responsible one.
However, when Pamela enjoys a one night stand with a man 20-years her junior, and discovers that she is pregnant, their world is suddenly thrown into upheaval. Overwhelmed by the pregnancy doctors told her she’d never have, Pamela becomes a paragon of health, while Allegra begins the usual teenage rebellions, fuelled by embarrassment at her impending sibling.
Despite the initial hiccups (or bumps if you will) the pair soon begin to bond over the new baby. Along the way, both realise that there is more to them than they have been allowing the world to see.
Although this touches on issues that may be sensitive to some women, they are not dwelt on, and shouldn’t be too triggering for people.
At its heart, this is a ‘mother and daughter’ story. Gallagher and Petticrew completely portray a realism in their relationship, and I defy you not to cringe at moments where the teenager is screaming that her mother is embarrassing. Let’s face it – we’ve all been there.
The script is amazing, with humour and pathos in spades, and it is that, coupled with the amazing performances of the two leads (Gallagher’s facial expressions throughout are priceless) that really elevates this, from a simple story to a truly heart-warming and delightful cinema experience.
It seems the mix of late pregnancy hormones and teen hormones is a winning combination, and this is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In a season dominated by big-budget blockbusters, and sure-fire sequels, you could do worse than put this on your must watch list.
In Cinemas Now! Trailer below: