Today I went to see three films at the London Film Festival, The Boy Downstairs was the first one. A charming rom-com about a young couple told through parallel narratives at different points in their relationship set in beautiful New York City.
Written and directed by Sophie Brookes, this film is full of lovely performances from the entire cast. I particularly loved Deirdre O’Connell’s character, Amy, she is the most wonderfully warming character who despite having her own demons to deal with including the loss of her husband and her tired acting career. I found her so heartwarming and caring and she always put Diana first regardless of what she was dealing with. A truly motherly character.
Diana is also a really wonderful character, played perfectly by Zosia Marnet, her witty, sarcastic nature makes her almost addictive to watch.
I found this film so easy to watch and fall into, you develop a lot of care for the characters and there relationships with each other. I often say that there isn’t enough feel-good films around these days, it’s all doom and gloom or heavy stories, this is the perfect curl up on the sofa on a Sunday evening film.
Like I said, I was lucky enough to see this film at the BFI London Film Festival, but I recommend catching it when it’s released.