Days of the Bagnold Summer

Days of the Bagnold Summer

DVD - 2021
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Adapted from the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, it is a tender, funny coming-of-age story about single parenting and heavy metal. Sue works in a library. Daniel eats chips and listens to Metallica. This was the summer Daniel was due to spend with his dad and his dad's new wife in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. An epic war of wills ensues in the unassuming battleground of their suburban home as they each reckon with private tragedies, and pursue their passions. Featuring original songs by Belle and Sebastian.
Publisher: New York :, Kino Lorber,, [2021]
Copyright Date: Ã2021
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DAYS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0
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Mar 28, 2021

4 out of 5 stars
A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.
Funny, charming and wince-inducingly accurate. The wobbly relationship between well-intentioned single librarian Sue Bagnold and her black-clad teenage son Daniel, who'd rather listen to Metallica than his mother. Daniel was meant to spend the summer in Florida visiting his dad, but is now stuck with Mum following the trip's cancellation.

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- Finds the right balance between deadpan quirkiness and lived-in naturalism.

- An acutely observed, achingly accurate slice of modern life.

- No major epiphanies in Days of the Bagnold Summer.
Its power comes from being so relatable.

- Days of the Bagnold Summer is a beautifully written and acted coming of age dramedy about a teen metalhead and his single mother's summer together.

- It is about small moments, tenderly observed, and it gives full attention and understanding to all of the characters, even the one whose behavior is most inexcusable.

- The central duo make a great mother and son. They bounce off of each other and they both feel authentic.

- It's really sweet and funny without overdoing it with the drama or the quirkiness.

- Despite lacking in visual urgency, the film is saved by the heartfelt relationship at its center.

- Simon Tindall's strikingly dramatic widescreen photography is extremely impressive, but it's the performances, and the truths inherent in the drama, that linger in the mind.

- Somehow, this is a comedy without punchlines, without popping panache, without charismatic characters. Yet it is profoundly funny.

Mar 11, 2021

RT: 92%; 89%
IMDb: 6.6

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