Jellyfish review - Liv Hill shines in a tragically beautiful coming of age story
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Image Credit: Republic Film DistributionJellyfish was filmed on location in Margate, and the setting seems to almost become a character itself within the film, keeping us in a place that is as cold and unforgiving as the situations Sarah often finds herself in. This poor girl doesn’t even have a bed to call her own. One heartbreaking scene shows how Sarah sacrifices everything for her younger siblings, in the place of their absentee mother. The darkness quite literally closes in on this little family as their mother forgets to pay the power bill, and you can feel her desperation and sadness, thus making Sarah a relatable and heartfelt character, burdened with an exaggerated sense of what eldest children feel all across the world. Surprisingly enough it is
Image Credit: Republic Film DistributionAs the movie progresses the camera work does a great job
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Like the late great Carrie Fisher once said, “take your broken heart, and make it into art”. And whilst her routine is indeed dark Sarah tries to do exactly that, telling audiences: “I don’t consider my life chaos. It’s emotionally action-packed.” Which is ultimately the best way to describe both this film, and how you feel while watching it. Although deeply tragic, Jellyfish is ultimately a captivating and deeply moving tale about the love between family, however chaotic they may be. For people who want to laugh, and also to cry, you can find both here in equal measure.
There will be public screenings with additional Q+A sessions held after certain screenings, with the director and cast. The dates and information can be found below.GFT Glasgow / Monday 11th Feb Rio Dalston / Wednesday 12th Feb Picturehouse Central / Friday 15th Feb Jellyfish is released in UK cinemas on February 15th.