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  • Summary: Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is preparing to leave for a year of voluntary service in Africa. His mother Patricia (Kate Fahy) and his sister Cynthia (Lydia Leonard) decide to gather the family together, on a remote island, as a farewell trip to say goodbye to Edward. Hired cook Rose (Amy Lloyd) and painting teacher Christopher (Christopher Baker), though bought in to help, only serve to bring the family’s anxieties into sharper focus. When Edward’s father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring the family’s buried anger and repressed tension to the surface. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 26, 2014
    There is something exacting and audacious in it, something superbly controlled in its composition and technique. The clarity of her film-making diction is a marvel – even, or perhaps especially, when the nature of the story itself remains murkily unrevealed.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 26, 2014
    In most movies, something happens; in Archipelago, many things happen, quietly yet meaningfully.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Jun 26, 2014
    This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Holly Cooper
    Jun 26, 2014
    Archipelago is a sharply observed and excruciatingly honest exploration of family relationships and the mess that we call life. Hogg has proven herself here to be one of Britain's most important film-makers.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Jun 26, 2014
    Archipelago confirms Hogg as a daring and mischievous artist, and a major British talent whose next move will be intriguing.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Jun 26, 2014
    In long, static takes, Hogg calmly exposes the gulf between polite facades and repressed resentments.
  7. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Jun 26, 2014
    Filmed in permanent twilight with a static camera and no music, it is gloomy and unrewarding with an oblique and uninformative script.

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