Tagline: A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy (Grint) trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother (Linney). His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress (Walters).
If anyone is wondering why I love British films so much, and why they are so great – go see Driving Lessons. I know why they are great, they seem to have an unlimited stock of great actors in this country. Rupert Grint (Ron from Harry Potter) and Julie Walters (the dancing teacher in Billy Elliot) are doing such a great job in this warm and sympathic story. I highly recommend it. And I wasn’t the only one liking it.
The thing that worries me a bit is this – suppose that I, in another life, would be a film maker, then this would be the type of film I would love to make. The thing is though, that this film, in it’s premiere weekend, only runs in one lousy cinema in Central London. I was there at the 3pm show, and there were maybe 20 people in the cinema. I have heard it many times before, also from professional film makers and producers, the Brits don’t like British film, and I simply don’t understand why. I just hope that it will turn around somehow, as British films deserve to be loved by the Brits, just as much as the Danes love Danish films.
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