Sadly, this motion picture does not dedicate the season to the works of Enid Bagnold to any book club. In fact, there is no reference to the author of “The Chalk Garden” and “National Velvet”.
Instead, “Days of Bagnold Summer”, adapted from the Geoff Winterheart graphic novel by screenwriter Lisa Owens and director Simon Bird, is a coming-of-age story that aspires to victory and enlightenment, but only so far.
Here in the British Baigonold family of the title is Sue (Monica Dolan), a shy middle-aged single mother, and her son, Daniel (Earl Kew), a teenager with zombie paler and nappy hair. Daniel is a trip to Florida to visit; There, he plans to spend time with his father, who feeds him and mother. The trip is canceled and the chip on Daniel’s shoulder is practically tricolor in shape.
Remarkably significant, the film draws results from Dolan and other players, with Rob Brydon as the “man” and “hipper” mom compared to Suu Kyi as Lady Man and Tamsin Greg.
It is also a pleasure to reduce Daniel’s enthusiasm. In one scene, the aimless teen bicycle, at a smooth pace, through the suburban streets to the musical accompaniment of Pure Disgust’s “Agents of the Machine”. We find the irony, or rather the sarcasm: the grand metal racket seems completely disconnected from the banqueting life endured by some of its listeners. The overall song score is more dulcet-toned by Belle and Sebastian – the implication being that it’s actually grown-up people listen.
Its reactionary beauty aside, the film’s narrative trajectory is undoubtedly relieved. By the end of summer, it’s nice to see that Daniel’s chip has shrunk, but it’s a bit sinister that it seems to have gone away on its own.
Bagnold summer day
Not rated. Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes. In theaters and Virtual cinema, And is available for rent or purchase Google Play, FandangoNow And other streaming platforms and payment TV operators.