The Park

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"The FACE of evil is changing...all night long."
  • TV-PG
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.2  (7,501)

The Park, a 2007 British drama directed by United Kingdom-based filmmaker Guy Jenkin, explores the complexities of a family crisis in a public park in London. The film stars Julia Joyce as the 11-year-old protagonist, Rosa, who unwittingly becomes a witness to a life-changing event in her family’s life. The movie begins on an ordinary day in July, when Rosa’s family decides to spend the day at the park. Rosa, her parents- Ian and Lisa, and her younger brothers- Ben and Oscar make for a typical family unit. The older couple, both type-A personalities, work in finance while Rosa is an introspective intellectual. They have a noisy but loving family dynamic, and their excursion to the park initially seems light-hearted and fun.

However, as the day goes on, tensions rise as Rosa’s mother is informed by her estranged father about the death of her brother from a drug overdose. This shocking news unleashes an unexpected chain of events that cause the family's dynamics to come crashing down all around them. As Rosa bears witness to the unraveling of her family's relationships, she tries to find refuge in the peace and serenity of the park.

The story soon branches off into a secondary subplot where a Chinese nanny, played by Maggie O’Neill, takes care of a young girl, who gets lost in the park. Rosa’s family and the nanny become connected in a truly organic, yet unexpected, way. As the film unfolds, the two different storylines intertwine to create a beautiful message about the way that life can work in mysterious and unexpected ways.

The Park is an emotionally charged film that delves into the complexities of family, loss, and love. The use of natural settings, such as open fields and beautiful flower gardens, helps to create a feeling of authenticity and candor. The Director uses the beautiful backdrop of the park to build the tension and the turmoil of the story, and the cinematography captures the essence of London during the summer.

The cast of The Park is one of its greatest strengths. The actors were all strategically chosen to portray their character's roles with great aplomb, and their performances are nuanced and genuine. Julia Joyce plays her part as Rosa with an excellent balance of reserve and openness while Douglas Hodge, as Ian, skillfully portrays the conflicted father, trying to hold his life together in the face of personal tragedy. And Maggie O'Neill, who plays the caring, compassionate nanny is a breakout performer. Her character's storyline, connected to Rosa's family, adds a human touch to some of the more intense moments in the movie.

The Park is a tale of family, love, and tragedy that leaves an indelible mark on the viewer's heart. It's a movie that resonates with anyone who has ever experienced the complexities of family dynamics, love, and loss, and it's a reminder that life can bring both happiness and tragedy at the same time. The Park is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates the beauty of the human condition and the resilience of the human spirit.

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    1 hr 36 min
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    6.2  (7,501)