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ARCHIPELAGO is a quietly devastating portrayal of a family in emotional crisis. Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is preparing to leave for a year of voluntary service in Africa. His mother Patricia (Kate Fahy) and his sister Cynthia (Lydia Leonard) decide to gather the family together, on a remote island, as a farewell trip to say goodbye to Edward. Hired cook Rose (Amy Lloyd) and painting teacher Christopher (Christopher Baker), though bought in to help, only serve to bring the family's anxieties into sharper focus. When Edward's father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"In scene after scene, meaning sneaks in and sometimes roars."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"'Archipelago' confirms Hogg as a daring and mischievous artist, and a major British talent whose next move will be intriguing."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Archipelago is a subtle film of sensed absences."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Is art the only way for the privileged to deal with their boredom and discontent? Hogg seems to be suggesting so."
‑ Helen Wright, The Skinny
"No other British director is making films quite like this."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"As much as a downbeat comedy of bourgeois mores, Archipelago is a sort of claustrophobic horror story, set in a place of no easy escape."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"A car-crash compelling, painfully comic distillation of modern British middle class mores."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Hogg is inviting us to dismiss these people as fundamentally different to ourselves. But sat in a dark auditorium, we are merely laughing at each other."
‑ Tom Seymour, Little White Lies
"Ed Rutherford's photography is superb, but this is a pale imitation of an Ingmar Bergman chamber drama."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Gloomy and unrewarding."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Exposes the fault lines of a middle-class family on holiday."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Hogg, though a fine film-maker, doesn't always prevent us feeling that these people are not worth worrying about."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's a difficult watch and a difficult sell, but this is quietly outstanding."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Fascinating and confident film-making style of lengthy character improvisation ... a very slow burner that gives the opportunity to 'people watch' on screen."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie,
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