Run time: 101 mins
What a momentous thing to watch the world crumble before your eyes and make the decision to still try to love it, to raise it again.
It’s the driving force of Mahalia Belo’s feature debut, a dystopian portrait of a new world, and a mother that understands disaster and hope as intimate bedfellows. Jodie Comer plays a new mum whose baby has arrived at the same time as a major disaster hits, mass flooding that has made her home in London untenable. Together with her husband (Joel Fry) they flee up north to find safety.
Based on Megan Hunter’s novel, the film treads familiar path in its protagonist’s steely resolve to find salvation in a post-apocalyptic world, but there is still a delicacy to Comer’s performance. We may be facing a climate crisis which will result in environmental shifts that displace entire cities. In that way, Hunter’s novel and the film adaptation feel true and looming. This isn’t a distant future with imagined technology. It’s now, almost. The film, like the novel, isn’t really about the end of the world. It’s about what we do when we get through it