A film that has received high praise at the Toronto, London, Sundance, Hong Kong, and Nashville Film Festivals is finally getting a U.S. theatrical release and has a nice trailer and poster to go along with it. Music video director Richard Ayoade makes his feature film directorial debut with this quirky independent comedy out of the UK. The cast features two Film Misery favorites, Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins, as well as up-and-comers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.
The film was discussed on The Film Talk podcast where they compared to a Wes Anderson film except with lower-class characters that are easier to relate to. It has also been reviewed in the Telegraph UK where David Gritten says it “feels like the most refreshing, urgent and original debut the British film industry has seen in years.”
The official trailer was posted on Apple Trailers earlier today and it looks like an inventive and charming film. The editing looks too kinetic to draw comparisons to Wes Anderson, but tonally it seems about right. Maybe calling it a combination between Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet would be more apt. The trailer definitely grabs me and makes me want to see more, which I will have the opportunity to do when the movie opens this summer.
Read the synopsis below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents’ sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing – especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out. Based on Joe Dunthorne’s acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge.
Submarine will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 3, 2011.