In an old house in a small town in the south of France, a marriage falls apart, a young love is born, and a family is forever changed. Against the glorious backdrop of the peaceful French countryside, Andrew Steggall’s Departure is a subtle and visually spectacular delight filled with timeless charm.
Escaping a crumbling marriage, Beatrice (Juliet Stevenson) and her son Elliott, (Alex Lawther, The Imitation Game) flee England for their holiday house in the Languedoc region of France. In his meanderings through the nearby town, budding writer Elliott encounters Clement, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous Parisian boy and is struck by his previously unknown desires. Clement is an enigmatic, brooding motorcycle repairman who immediately connects with and shows Elliott around the town.
The small collection of characters in Steggall’s first feature-length film each has their own secrets and complexities, bolstered by an impressive script and nuanced performances from the cast. With breathtaking visuals and a surprisingly honest portrayal of family, young love and self-discovery, this film will haunt you in the best possible way.
"Steggall and Lawther succeed in putting an individual spin on the familiar pain of adolescence." - Screen Daily
Festival guest: Andrew Steggall