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Rye Lane - Review

Go Where the Breeze Takes You. 4 / 5

Directed by Raine Allen-Miller

Two twenty-somethings, both reeling from bad break-ups, connect over the course of an eventful day in South London – helping each other deal with their nightmare exes, and potentially restoring their faith in romance.

A refreshing urban safari through the streets of South London, Rye Lane breathes new life into the romantic comedy - reinventing it for a modern and quintessentially British audience.

Raine Allen-Miller's feature debut boasts a confident visual style using the widest lenses possible to celebrate London's weird and wonderful culture. The smallest details absorb you into the environment adding a reassuring level of realism as life's familiarities fall out the screen.

This explorative story pairs together David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah whose blinding chemistry makes for a joyous watch. Their sharp and witty back and forth makes it easy to get to know and fall in love with these characters in such a short space of time...

Effective storytelling and magnetic characters help create a film reminiscent of Before Sunrise for a new generation that makes for an instantly comforting watch - and it does this all in under 90 minutes! What more could you ask for?

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