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I Capture The Castle

2006-03-30 12:10

I Capture The Castle follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai), and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

Her father (Bill Nighy) is desperate to repeat the spectacular success of his first novel, but hasn't written a word for 12 years; her exquisite sister Rose (Rose Byrne) can only rail against their fate, and their bohemian step-mother Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald) is no help at all.

Salvation comes in the form of their new American landlord Simon Cotton (Henry Thomas) and his brother Neil (Mark Blucas). Although initially repelled by Simon, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds.

A wedding is arranged and Cassandra is left on the sidelines as everyone around her is drawn into a maelstrom of interconnected relationships. Events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends she will experience frustrated desire, first love, and a broken heart.

What the critics are saying:

"...the telling of Cassandra's passage into maturity has all the wit and worldly savvy of a John Hughes classic."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi

"Amiable, charming and with lots of gaiety and fun, this period adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1948 novel has plenty going for it."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"It's a romance ever so much more inspiring for teenage girls than the materialist propaganda they get from Hollywood..."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Dodie Smith's dreamy novel about an eccentric English family living in a crumbling castle has survived its adaptation to the silver screen with both wit and tenderness intact.

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