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A teenage girl steps over the line into adulthood during a summer abroad in this drama from writer and director Heitor Dhalia. Mathias (Vincent Cassel) is a successful French novelist who packs up his family, including wife Clarice (Debora Bloch) and fourteen-year-old daughter Filipa (Laura Neiva), for a few months of vacation at a beachfront house in Brazil. While their surroundings are idyllic, not everyone is happy, and Filipa is aware of the obvious tension between her bickering parents. The contentious relationship between Mathias and Clarice explodes when she learns that he's been… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"The film's biggest problem is its repetitive, meandering script, a catalogue of coming-of-age clichťs -- the first date, the first kiss, the first sip of booze -- that can't find anywhere new to go."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Elegantly scripted, elegantly acted and elegant looking, by avoiding obvious dramatic fireworks, Adrift turns out to be a slow-burning, coming of age sparkler."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Does the film say anything new? No. And does the story transcend its gloomy premise with a taut narrative? Nope."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Vincent Cassel is in typically commanding form, showing off his surprising mastery of Portuguese, in a thoughtful and beautifully shot movie about love, lust and growing up."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The real standout here is newbie Laura Neiva who plays Filipa with a convincing mix of minxy manipulation and blundering vulnerability."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
"Feels like a pointless, halfhearted attempt at a South Asian Scenes from a Marriage."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The shores of Buzios in Brazil beckon in a drama about infidelity and sexual awakening which mainly settles for being easy on the eye."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The tale is told competently enough, but the central relationship between the parents, Clarice and Mathias, is unsatisfying..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Less a proper coming-of-age movie than a posh version of Home And Away."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"This is a mature and thoughtful drama that absorbs the viewer into the world of the family, and leaves you as emotionally bruised and drained as the characters themselves."
‑ Nick Deigman, Fan The Fire
"Mercifully, Vincent Cassel provides a strong lifeline..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The film may lack edge but it is always engaging."
‑ , Daily Express
"Dhalia gives the film a glossy sheen (with the slightest undercurrent of Oedipal tension), but Adrift never really moves beyond the tale of one little rich girl's awakening."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"While it may not tell us anything new about the human condition, it is beautifully shot and impeccably acted, especially by screen newcomer Neiva."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
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