Gemma Arterton in First Trailer for British Marital Drama 'The Escape'
"Being free, and being married - a contradiction." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for a British martial indie drama titled The Escape, from writer/director Dominic Savage (Love + Hate). This empowering indie first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Gemma Arterton stars as an "ordinary woman" who "makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever." She plays a married woman in the middle of a challenging marriage on the verge of ending, who decides to go her own way. Dominic Cooper co-stars, with a main cast including Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, Montserrat Lombard, and Jalil Lespert. This looks quite impressive, with what seems to be an exceptional lead performance by Arterton in a very complex and compelling turn as this unhappy woman, looking for an "escape". See the trailer below.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dominic Savage's The Escape, direct from YouTube:
A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city -- but walking out on your life isn't so simple… Built around a remarkable central performance from Gemma Arterton, the film is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself. The Escape is both written and directed by English filmmaker Dominic Savage, of the film Love + Hate, plus TV work including "True Love" and "The Secrets". This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. IFC will release The Escape in select theaters + on VOD starting May 11th this year.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
I think there was a movie just like this with Halle Berry a while ago.
DAVIDPD on Apr 13, 2018
Something like, a marriage, the final frontier, right?
shiboleth on Apr 13, 2018
You know Bo, it may look like I want to show how smart I am when I react to some posts, to yours especially, but no. I really am interested to say something different from what I read. In this case, there must something with me and history (no, i'm not a history buff, I just know too much about it), but I don't think that comparison between Julianne Moore's role in The Hours (a beautiful film, I agree) and this one with Gemma Aterton is misplaced and that misplacement is quite historical. Family isn't today what used to be. And being part of family today is quite different for both sides, if we're talking about a heterosexual marriage, can be problematic also for men and for women. I would prefer and consider more interesting (and more serious) take on that matter which questions the responsibility of being with other people. Whether that means questioning the matter of marriage before it happens or from some outside perspective. Of course, this looks appealing too since there's some seriousness in it, but it looks like it draws on some traditional motifs after you found in marriage following some traditional notion of it. And yes, the leading actress is great, I also like her, but I find the problem of 'A mother...dying from boredom and unhappiness cultivating the courage to just leave and make a better life for herself where she might find some happiness' not as much good as your thoughts here (which very good described this strange idea for film), but as a lazy narrative logic here. Too traditional and is avoiding the problem of responsibility to live with other people outside of marriage. Ultimately, I hope so much that this will end with an satisfying choice for the main character, but the starting point seems to be lost in 1970s or something like that ... Cheers Bo ...
shiboleth on Apr 15, 2018
I must say, that's an interesting take on that, Bo. However, I'll keep my reserves about the possibility of this film to deliver what you just described here. I do also hope it will turn out that I'm wrong (why not, I'd prefer to see a good film too) and you're right about it when it comes out and we see it. But I have no problem with existential views and sensibility, I got a lot of that through philosophy and other books (and less through films) which makes me always suspicious when it comes to films. I can rarely see films being good at that. I am also glad to see that you using your time in a way I would call quite a fruitful one. I am long way before retirement, but I know that my plans include a lot of films and a lot of books too. In that respect, I envy you when it comes to reading and watching films. Of course, I do those things, but not as much as I would like. And especially, when it comes to books, I read mostly stuff needed for my work. I'm glad your're enjoying it, Bo ... Cheers...
shiboleth on Apr 15, 2018
I liked this a lot. The story. The title. I've always liked Ms. Arterton's work and this looks like a great opportunity to really do some fine work as an actress. I very much like the story. It reminds me of Julianne Moore's sub-plot/story in the great, great film The Hours where she leaves her boring, life killing and ordinary life to just live
Timeo on Apr 15, 2018
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