A coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 acclaimed novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade in his feature film debut, and stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. It premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. Following a generally positive reception, the film also played at the 54th London Film Festival in October 2010 and was played out of competition at the 27th Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. It was also screened along with 400 other films at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents’ sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out.
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