Cinema: If only every day was a potato peel pie day!


Tuesday, 17th April 2018, 15:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th April 2018, 15:16 pm
Every Day. Picture: PA.

We’ve all secretly wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Director Michael Sucsy’s otherworldly romance, based on the young adult novel by David Levithan, tests the elasticity of that conceit to the limit. Every Day fixates on a 16-year-old girl (Angourie Rice), who falls in love with a spirit, which is cursed to inhabit a different body for 24 hours and experience that person’s imperfect life until the clock chimes midnight.

Jesse Andrews’ heartfelt script preaches acceptance, understanding and the importance of forging connections beyond external beauty.

Momentum builds gradually, reaching a moving crescendo with a flash forward that reminds us the contract of falling in love includes an unbreakable clause about sometimes having to let go of the people that mean the most.

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A)In 1994, love was all around director Mike Newell as he shepherded potty-mouthed romantic comedy Four Weddings And A Funeral to a trio of coveted Baftas.

That loving feeling persists in The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, a cumbersome title for a sweeping tale of self-sacrifice, based on the posthumously published novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set after the Second World War, Newell’s chocolate box romance was filmed in picturesque Devon.

Kate Winslet was originally attached as the film’s plucky heroine but the luminous Lily James now casts a warm glow as one point of a tantalising love triangle that provides the framework for a grim history lesson peppered with heartache. The script cuts back and forth between 1941 and 1946 in order to conceal twists in the plot, evoking the era with impeccable period design. Sterling support led by the majestic Dame Penelope Wilton.