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Desire review

A writer turns to extraordinary measures to get some inspiration...

Bereft of inspiration, an agoraphobic writer (Oscar Pearce) recruits an African au pair (Tella Kpomahou) in the hope it will help him finish a script he’s penning for his soap actress wife (Daisy Smith). Soon a ménage à trois develops, blurring the fact/fiction line.

Shot in the director’s home with his own children taking part, Desire could well have the same problem.

Yet while its low-key intimacy occasionally recalls Joanna Hogg’s middle-class fables, Gareth Jones’ low-budget chamber piece fails to rise above its pretentious dialogue and insufferable characters.

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