Two for Joy

2018

Two for Joy (2018)

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TWO FOR JOY is a visceral and moving exploration of one British family's life, navigating their way through grief in the years following their father's death. Aisha's (Samantha Morton) struggle with mental health is making home life increasingly unmanageable for her teenage daughter Vi (Emilia Jones) and young adolescent son Troy (Badger Skelton). Vi has been forced to grow up fast, caring for her mother whilst also trying to look after Troy. With no father figure and mother-daughter roles reversed, Troy has become a law unto himself, excluded from school he spends his days cruising the estate or fishing the reservoir. The tension at home is palpable - something has to give. The trio decide to take a trip to their late father/husband's idyllically placed caravan, overlooking the sea. They befriend the holiday park caretaker Lias, (Daniel Mays), his unhinged sister Lilah (Billie Piper) and her daughter Miranda (Bella Ramsey). A family in the midst of their own drama. This is a portrait of modern Britain seen through the eyes of a family in crisis.

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Critic Reviews for Two for Joy

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Beard expects us to learn about the characters through their physical interactions as well as their facial expressions, and we end up caring deeply about these people even without conventional movie storytelling.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

There are some moments when the script feels somewhat insincere. Strong performances, however, especially from the kids, elevate the muted atmosphere and add a richness to the story.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Two for Joy is desperate and demanding, but it offers something which is rarely allowed in films which depict poverty. It offers hope.

Oct 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's well acted, but in its adherence to some of the current trends in social realism--a young person's viewpoint, a slightly arty style--it's a bit too generic for its own good.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sweet but not sentimental, sad but not cynical, Two For Joy is a welcome new take on a British realism with disarmingly impressive performances from its young cast.

Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a sombre British drama in the spirit of Andrea Arnold and Clio Barnard: unforced and superbly acted, with fleeting moments of beauty to leaven the gloom.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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