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A Thousand Kisses Deep review

A damaged soul gets the chance to dip into her past

The usually reliable Jodie Whittaker missteps with this creaky British psychodrama, in which she plays Mia, a damaged soul who literally gets the chance to dip into her past via a lift that takes her back in time.

There she gets to watch her younger self with abusive former lover Ludwig (Dougray Scott), a trumpet-playing clown (go figure), and earlier still, alongside her unreliable mother Doris (Emilia Fox).

Director Dana Lustig strains for poetic meaning but comes up empty-handed. Unless, that is, you happen to like cod-Freudian naval-gazing.

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James Mottram

James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.