How I Live Now.
Director- Kevin Macdonald
Starring- Saoirse Ronan
New York native Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is a complicated teenager with a huge chip on her shoulder, this clashes with the care-free lifestyle of her cousins that she is forced to move in with after her father dumps her on their doorstep (metaphorically). She finds Isaac annoying and intrusive and her little cousin Piper is continually at her side trying to become her best friend, which she is not too happy about. Daisy is an introverted teen who has high expectations of herself and cannot stand anyone who doesn't live up to her high standards. Basically she has a massive stick up her butt. Her whole world is turned upside down however when she meets Edmond, her eldest cousin. She falls madly in love with him, and as events take a turn for the worse, her love for Edmond is tested to every conceivable limit.
Saoirse Ronan has once again proven how wise she is beyond her years, a complex character like Daisy could easily come off as a simple spoilt child lashing out at everyone around her due to her relationship with her dad. Saoirse Ronan however turns this role into something much more, there is a strength to Daisy that the audience does not fully understand until the latter half of the film. Along with Saoirse Ronan the supporting cast is superb, each giving deft performances throughout the film. In particular note is George McKay, who's roguish charm captures the heart of both Daisy and the audience.
Daisy is, for the most part, an unlikable character. She is annoying, until the plot decides she needs to be a more affable protagonist. For a brief time in the film there is a certain predictability, luckily this is shattered at the halfway point.
This is a thought provoking film, which at times is deeply surreal and emotional.
Saoirse Ronan shines.