Based on the novel by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians), director Tim Fywell's comic romance follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai) and her quirky family as they attempt to make the best of their meager existence in a crumbling English castle. While her father (Bill Nighy) has been struggling for over a decade to repeat the success of his debut novel, her beautiful sister Rose (Rose Byrne) frequently voices her displeasure with their current situation, and nudist stepmother Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald) proves little help at much of anything. The arrival of American landlord Simon Cotton (Henry Thomas) and his brother Neil (Marc Blucas) provides a glimmer of hope as the initially repelled Rose soon takes a liking to Simon and the two arrange to marry. Lost in the chaotic shuffle of marriage plans and increasingly complicated relationships, the hapless Cassandra soon begins to blossom into womanhood as she experiences aspects of life that were heretofore unknown to her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Beautiful, poignant, coming of age movie. The youngest daughter of a destitute English family chronicles their complex relationships and romantic entanglements as they live in a crumbling old castle. I really liked this movie and cared about the characters. There are no good guys and bad guys, just flawed people who care for each other, but don't always know how to show it.
Most of the drama occurs around the younger sister, which is unique because the key character is the older one. I was dissapointed with Cassandra's no happy ever after ending. She fixes everyones life but in the end she is alone. Sad! Very, very, sad. I also didn't like the changing of partners in the movie.