DVD: Adrift (12A)

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The Independent Culture

Heitor Dhalia's family drama, set on Brazil's impossibly beautiful coastline, is a tale of nascent sexuality, infidelity and domestic dissolution.

Seen through the eyes of Laura Neiva's Filipa – the eldest daughter of Vincent Cassel's philandering novelist Mathias and Deborah Bloch's unstable alcoholic Clarice – Dhalia's film and communicates its polemic through savvy direction and solid performances. Cassel is magnetic, further stating his case as the finest French actor of his generation, while Neiva also shines as Filipa. Adrift may succumb to triteness on occasion, but its vivid colour palette and cinematography make it more than fluff, but less than essential.