Adrift review

Vincent Cassel shows his romantic side in Brazil...

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Vincent Cassel sloughs off his hardman persona as a conflicted writer whose hidden infidelity with Ângela obsesses his teen daughter Filipa in this delicate coming-of-age tale.

The real standout here is newbie Laura Neiva who plays Filipa with a convincing mix of minxy manipulation and blundering vulnerability.

Set in an ’80s Brazilian beach resort, Heitor Dhalia’s sensitive mood piece reeks of awkward adolescent summers.

A shame though, that it drifts into predictability – bikini babes and a brooding Cassel make nice eye-candy, but an original ending would have been nicer.

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Kate is a freelance film journalist and critic. Her bylines have appeared online and in print for GamesRadar, Total Film, the BFI, Sight & Sounds, and WithGuitars.com.