Rent Departure (2015)

3.3 of 5 from 121 ratings
1h 49min
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Beatrice (Juliet Stevenson) and her teenage son Elliot (Alex Lawther) spend a week packing up the contents of their remote holiday house in the South of France. Fifteen-year-old Elliot struggles with his sexuality and she in turn is confronted by the realisation that her marriage is coming to an end. When an enigmatic local teenager, Clément (Phénix Brossard) enters their lives, both mother and son are compelled to confront their desires and finally, each other. "Departure" is an intimate story beginning at dawn on the first day and ending at night on the sixth day, charting the end of a summer, the end of a childhood and the end of an otherwise nuclear, middleclass family.
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Andrew Steggall
Pietro Greppi, Cora Palfrey, Guillaume Tobo
Andrew Steggall
Peccadillo Pictures
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
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Run Time:
109 minutes
English, English Audio Description, French
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Audio Commentary
  • Interviews with Andrew Stegall, Pietro Greppi, Juliet Stevenson, Phenix Brossard and Alex Lawther

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Reviews (4) of Departure

Full of depth and intimacy - Departure review by TD

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This is one of the best films I've seen in a while. The imagery with its sense of place, pastel shades, reflections and views through glass are faultless. The characters are fascinating: the none-too-likeable Elliot (up himself in so many ways!) who is utterly convincing; the uber-cool yet enigmatic Clement; the tortured mother Beatrice, and not least a superb bit-part performance from Patrice Juiff as the barman near the beginning. As a whole it's deep, intimate and not a little funny, especially as the two boys struggle with each other's first language.

If you're open to exploring LGBT issues in a movie, I think you'd enjoy this.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Slow-burn classic drama - Departure review by MD

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This is a great film. More European than American with subtle, understated dialogue and really good performances from the cast. Needs to be watched at least twice and every time you see more little details in it. Beautiful to look at too with a slow pace that enables you to take everything in including the scenery.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Prettily filmed but rather too pleased-with-itself gay teen fantasy in France - Departure review by PV

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One thing I will say is this is preferable to the over-rated CALL ME BY MY NAME which inexplicably won an Oscar.

However, it's all SO predictable - I knew how the plot would end in the first few minutes. Far too many scenes of mummy moping around feeling sorry for herself!

Rather irritated too by he posh, rich, spoilt, second home owning Juliet Stephenson mother character. Didn't believe the subplot re the father either. And the teen boy is rather spoilt too!

All perhaps a bit of a romantic fantasy film. The classic of that teen boy love genre is probably ANOTHER COUNTRY from 1983.

Prettily filmed. 3 stars.

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