Based on Joe Dunthorne’s acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge. Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts, Jane Eyre) is a consummate anti-hero, as sardonic and self-obsessed as any postmodern Holden Caulfield, and Roberts plays the role with the necessary cocktail of stubborn egotism and gangly unease.
Oliver 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 (the always delightful Sally Hawkins, Made in Dagenham, Jane Eyre) is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham (a hilarious Paddy Considine, Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum), Oliver monitors his parents’ sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from Mom to Dad. His love interest Jordana (a spirited performance by newcomer Yasmin Paige) is refreshingly complicated; a self-professed pyromaniac, she supervises Oliver’s journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out.
A crowd favourite at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival®, Submarine is an absolute delight. Full of surprises and amazingly affecting, this is a film to fall in love with. Writer-director Richard Ayoade is already a rising star in the United Kingdom, and the film’s wry comedy and dead-on observations has found a new canvas for the view of flawed youth.
The remaining line up for the CVAG/TIFF Fall Film Series has been confirmed:
SUBMARINE – Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 5:00pm
Director: Richard Ayoade, Cast: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Yasmin Paige, Year: 2011, Genre: Drama/Comedy, Country: UK, Language: English
SARAH’S KEY – Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 5:00pm
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Year: 2011, Genre: Drama, Country: France, Language: French (w. subtitles)
Life Above All – Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 5:00pm
Director: Oliver Schmitz, Cast: Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Year: 2011, Genre: Drama, Country: South Africa/Germany, Language: Sotho (w. subtitles)
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS – Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 5:00pm
Director: Werner Herzog, Cast: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier, Year: 2011, Genre: Documentary, Country: Canada/USA/France/Germany/UK, Language: English, German (w. subtitles)
Tickets are $11 each, available at the CVAG Gift Shop (580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay), Video’s N More (264 Anderton Road, Comox ) and if not sold out will also be available at the door (in the Rialto lobby, cash only, exact change appreciated). All screenings are on Sundays at 5:00pm at the Rialto Theatre, 2665 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay (at Driftwood Mall). For more information call 250-338-6211 or visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com for a complete listing of films including film synopsis, reviews and trailers.