THE ESCAPE

The Escape

Friday, May 11 - Thursday, May 17, 2018

“It’s not uncommon for prospective parents, before taking the plunge and starting a family, to ask themselves some dark, nagging questions: What if I’m a terrible parent? What if I don’t even like parenting? What if my child doesn’t like me? What if it’s a mistake? For the vast majority, such thoughts melt away once the child is born, and instinctive love takes over. But there are some for whom these doubts endure, and it’s in this thorny, extended post-partum state that British writer-director Dominic Savage’s intelligent, empathetic character study The Escape immerses itself.

Bolstered by Gemma Arterton’s unvarnished, affecting lead turn as a young stay-at-home mom in soulless suburban England who’s slowly consumed by depression she’s made to feel guilty for having, Savage’s film thoughtfully and credibly outlines the conflict between a superficially abundant lifestyle and overwhelming internal lack.” – Variety

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival

  • Country UK
  • Running Time 102 minutes
  • Director Dominic Savage
  • Writer Dominic Savage
  • Editor David Charap
  • Cinematographer Laurie Rose
  • Cast Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Marthe Keller