Adrift (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The film's biggest problem is its repetitive, meandering script, a catalogue of coming-of-age clichés -- the first date, the first kiss, the first sip of booze -- that can't find anywhere new to go.

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Sophie Ivan

Elegantly scripted, elegantly acted and elegant looking, by avoiding obvious dramatic fireworks, Adrift turns out to be a slow-burning, coming of age sparkler.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Does the film say anything new? No. And does the story transcend its gloomy premise with a taut narrative? Nope.

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Markie Robson-Scott
The Arts Desk

Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia's third feature film, is a sensuous coming-of-age story as well as an ode to the Brazilian beach landscape of Buzios and the band of gorgeous bikini-clad teenagers who run wild in it.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The shores of Buzios in Brazil beckon in a drama about infidelity and sexual awakening which mainly settles for being easy on the eye.

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Peter Bradshaw

The tale is told competently enough, but the central relationship between the parents, Clarice and Mathias, is unsatisfying...

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Alistair Harkness

Mercifully, Vincent Cassel provides a strong lifeline...

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Daily Express (UK)

The film may lack edge but it is always engaging.

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Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
After his masterpiece Drained, Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia went on to make this third feature film, which strays from his usual narrative style and… More
Mark Abell
A quiet contemplative film that explores the tensions of a husband and wife splitting up over the course of a summer holiday and how that dynamic affects the… More
Jim Hunter
A fourteen-year-old discovers her father's infidelity and her own sexuality. <i>Adrift</i> is a slow but striking film. We watch Filipa's… More
Adam M.
Hit and miss coming of age drama. A young girls seemingly perfect life goes to shit when she finds out her parents marrage is falling apart and the dad is… More
Walter M.
To its credit, "Adrift" succeeds more by what it does not do than what it seeks to do, taking its time during an endless summer at a beach community… More