The first feature from Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch is a poignant coming-of-age story turned indie-pop musical. Even (Emily Browning) is a troubled dreamer with music on her mind – made clear in the first few scenes as she makes a stealthy escape from a clinic and sings her way down the streets of Glasgow. She meets James, a shy young musician, and fellow lost soul Cass (Skins’ Hannah Murray). Together they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime summer of simple pleasures and unexpected loves, soundtracked with sweet and catchy songs (composed by Murdoch and performed by a band featuring members of Belle and Sebastian). The unique sound melds seamlessly into the narrative, much of which is autobiographical to Murdoch, swelling beautifully with the strange surrealism of musicals. The young cast are marvellous in depicting that moment when impending adulthood is thrown aside for one blissful season. (Sydney Film Festival).

Screened at Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

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