The Arbor details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christine Bottomley, Danny Webb, Robery Emms, Monica Dolan, Natalie Gavin, Neil Dudgeon, Jimi Mistry, Manjinder Virk|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Mar 2011|
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the arborBy lisatommo80 (1 review) from doncaster , 29 Mar 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]beel my mother was not a drunk she was potrayed that way and always will be...i found it hard to give the interview,but im glad that i did,as i wanted to get my point across to ppl that my mum wasnt the person my druggie sister made her out to be..she blames her for her wrongs in life but if my mum was that bad me and my brother would be the same and may i add we both live happy lives...
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Intelligent, Different, Challenging...but not for everyoneBy Copey007 (34 reviews) from Wolverhampton , 19 Sep 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a very original take on the biography...you can kinda tell it is made by an artist rather than a trained film maker as, like another film made by an artist Hunger, it is more interested in the subject than the story (in the traditional sense).
It is done as if it is a documentary, but with actors miming to the voices of the real people. The actors do a really good job but personally I wanted to see the real people who the remarkable subject of this film interacted with.
At times the deliberate staginess can grate but I would be a hypocrite to criticise since I am forever on the look out for a film with something to say and a different way of saying it...and this certainly is both of those.
The underclass life style in Yorkshire.By a customer , 02 Jul 2011Documentary about the author of Rita, Sue and Bob too, Andrea Dunbar and her children. Gripping for anyone who comes from West Yorkshire in taht it really opens your eyes to what sort of life some people are stuck in.
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A tragic story movingly told.By Dungbeetle (503 reviews) from London , 24 Jun 2011The use of actors lip synching real voices is unusual and after a while I ceased to notice this aspect. Andrea Dunbars story and the effects on her family bring home the real problems of sink estate existance. How a young woman could write the highly entertaining Bob and Sue and Carol too amid all the problems she faced shows what a talent she was.
bleak film which looses steam midwayBy frankp (4 reviews) from Newquay , 18 Jun 2011i lost interest two thirds of way through the film as it was so bleak. the lip synching is an interesting idea but doesn't actually add to the effect of the film.
An interesting experiment.By RedValleyJohn (136 reviews) from Biggleswade , 16 Jun 2011The Arbor is a very interesting movie . Unique in the way it is filmed , with actors lip sinking the words of real people who are being interviewed about the life of playwright , Andrea Dunbar.
The only work that i have seen of Andrea Dunbar is ' Rita , Sue and Bob too ' a bawdy drama from the 80's. I had no idea the writer if this film lead such a tragic life and that her children suffered so badly too.
While i admire the way this film is made and the obvious skill of the actors and director , i'm still not sure this film totally works.
I struggled at times to stay with this movie and i feel it would have benefited from being half an hour shorter.
The Arbor is an experiment that has too much going on for my liking but well done to Clio Barnard for attempting such an ambitious project.