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Albatross (2011)

Felicity Jones , Jessica Brown Findlay , Niall MacCormick  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastian Koch
  • Directors: Niall MacCormick
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3PE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17-year-old Emelia (Jessica Brown Findlay), who believes she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by pursuing a writing career, takes a job at a B&B owned by former writer Jonathan Fischer (Sebastian Koch, Black Book) and run by his wife Joa (Julia Ormond, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Sensing emerging talent in Emelia, Jonathan begins to tutor her, leading to a relationship that soon develops into a secret affair. Meanwhile, bookish daughter Beth Fischer (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy) finds an unlikely friend in the free-spirited Emelia and begins to reveal to her the details of the Fischer family s troubled past. Now unless she can extricate herself from her relationship with Jonathan, Emelia just might destroy what solidarity the family has left. A tender and poignant comedy, ALBATROSS shows how the most unusual of circumstances can teach us to stand on our own two feet.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Now and again a quiet little British movie pops up to remind us just how well the Brits know how to mix comedy and compassion. Such is the case with ALBATROSS, a gentle, sensitive tale written by Tazmin Rafn and directed by Niall MacCormick about a social misfit who imposes herself on a family in desperate need of a wakeup call. The film is blessed with a very fine cast (especially the blossoming of young actress Jessica Brown Findlay - remembered for her ongoing impressive role as Lady Sybil in `Downton Abbey') and for the breathtaking scenery of the Isle of Man. There is comedy here to be sure but here are other lessons about family and friendship and relationships that are importantly placed in perspective.

Cliff House is the Bed and Breakfast run by a dysfunctional family: the bitter mother Joa (Julia Ormond), her writer's block housebound husband Jonathan (Sebastian Koch) who wrote a book Cliff House 10 years ago and nothing since, bookish teenager Beth (Felicity Jones) and young Posy (Katie Overd). Into their lives pops Emelia, a rebellious, seductive and intelligent teenager whose sole claim to fame is her apparent ancestor Arthur Conan Doyle (she dreams of becoming a writer to carry on her legacy). Emelia takes a job as a cleaner at the B&B, befriends Beth - drawing her out of her mousy self perception in to the throes of early adulthood, begins an affair with Jonathan and gets scowled at by Joa. Emelia's only living family (her mother committed suicide recently) are her grandparents - Granny (Hazel Douglas) suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and Grandpa (the always superb actor Peter Vaughan) - for whom she holds deep affection and caring.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a "Force-of-Nature" February 20, 2012
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A beautiful film, fast moving focused storyline without distracting sub-plots. Jessica excels as the credible "force-of-nature" that changes the lives of each of the four main characters by removing the special albatross that is restraining each of their lives in different ways. Jessica Brown-Findlay, at only 21, having made this film just before Downton Abbey, is amazing. She is a very beautiful woman in body and face, with "lips to die for". Add her silky voice and facial expressions as she pouts her way thru this film and she will win any man's heart. This "force of nature" has discovered early in her life that she has the power to influence and charm people, mostly men, using her beauty, and forceful personality. She differs from most women in that she has little sense of vulnerabilty; she's a risk taker. I understand that in real life Jessica is not like her character "Emelia" in Albatross, but more like "Lady Sybil" in Downton Abbey. But she really enjoyed acting as Emelia because she could do sexy things in the film without getting into trouble. This is a real breakout for her, she is headed for super stardom. I love this film. Beautiful photography as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age....on the Isle of Man.... December 8, 2012
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Once in a while, a small film comes along that blows away all your expectations! "Albatross" from 2011, written by Tamzin Rafn and directed by Niall MacCormick, is such a film. Not expecting much, this film turned out to be a pleasant and cheerful surprise. This comedy-drama, set on the scenic Isle of Man (in the Irish Sea: between Great Britain and Ireland), is the bittersweet 'coming-of-age' story of two teenagers ('Emelia' and 'Beth') from different backgrounds and circumstances, whom become fast friends. Helped along by a very clever script, flawless direction, and an excellent cast: Felicity Jones 'Beth', Sebastian Koch 'Jonathan', the vastly talented and underused Julia Ormond 'Joa', veteran character actor Peter Vaughan 'Grandpa', Katie Overd 'Posey', and the discovery of the decade in Jessica Brown-Findlay 'Emelia'. 'Emelia' is easily the standout character: whose headstrong personality and clever wit is infectious and irresistible (Jessica Brown-Findlay is a natural). And she looks like a mythical spirit of nature herself! 'Emelia' is a force to be reckoned with, whose untapped potential will soon find the inspiration it needs. I don't want to spoil the film for anyone, so I won't give anything away. If you want a simultaneously uplifting (there's no heavy social-melodrama here), and unpretentious story that is also willing to be bold without the need to insult our intelligence, than this touching comedy-drama is just that. There is a scene near the end of the film, where 'Posey' dressed in a costume says "..look..I'm..just..like...Emelia.." I thought that said it all, just brilliant. The DVD picture and sound quality by MPI is excellent. NTSC, English (English subtitles), NR 90 mins.

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Carlos Romero
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-acted and written little movie, nice scenery September 30, 2012
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The Isle of Man, between England and Ireland, is the scene for this rather sweet and well-acted little coming-of-age drama. The director makes full use of the spectacular coastal vistas the island offers.

At its heart, this is a movie about two young girls, aged around 17. Beth is the older of two daughters -- her father once produced a highly-acclaimed novel but that was 20 years ago. He can't reproduce that success and now sits in his attic diddling on his computer. Her mother was an actress but is now reduced to carrying the family who keep a guesthouse overlooking the sea.

Amelia's father walked out when she was young and her mother committed suicide. She lives with a grandmother who has Alzheimer's and an old grandfather. She's deeply angry and quit school.

When Amelia starts work as a cleaner at the guesthouse, she becomes entangled in Beth's family -- the object of friendship for Beth and lust for her father.

How these kids work out their issues, making plenty of mistakes along the way, becomes the heart of this movie which has moments that are both sad and funny but ultimately takes an optimistic stance. It's not great -- but of its genre it's very good. The two leads are excellent and in general the acting is understated and all the more effective for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Sybil Behaving Badly
Albatross interweaves a few stories of expectations and desires. The main character is Emelia, played by Jessica Brown Findlay who many people will recognize as Lady Sybil from... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Darren O'Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars Albatross
Just enjoyed the movie. Good, engaging story--beautiful setting--excellent acting. True-to-life story about the possibility of change and growth in relationships.
Published 6 months ago by Marc D. Schroeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Film Debut for Jessica Browne Findlay
This is Jessica Brown Findlay's first motion picture (filmed before she joined Downton Abbey) and she is a real star in this film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ken Polnicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This item is exactly what I was looking for when shopping, and it was exactly what I expected when it arrived.
Published 9 months ago by Craig Gulley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun.
Little point in recounting the storyline as everyone else has done before me... I only wish to share that it was a fun movie as a take-your-mind-off evening with your girl. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Movie
I love the scenery in this movie and the actors are all very likable. Especially Jessica Brown Findlay who plays the main character, she was amazing in Downton Abbey. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hello Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem of intelligent writing and acting
As far as I can tell, Albatross was never released in the U.S. I found it on DVD because I was looking for an example of Jessica Brown Findlay's acting outside of her role as Lady... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Austin Gallaher
3.0 out of 5 stars small scale charm
A low keyed and well done movie. Predictable plot and sappy ending don't help. Jessica Brown-Finley is going to be a Mega star.
Published 14 months ago by henry k brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Albatross Review
The movie was ok but didn't over excite me. The main actress did a good job playing a trouble teen who wanted to be a writer because she thought her father was one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Phil Nicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I started watching Felicity Jones's movies after seeing her in Like Crazy. There are so many movies out there with complicated storylines and incredible subplots. Read more
Published 19 months ago by LJ
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