Review: Bliss!


Tasha Robson (Freya Parks) is a strong willed teenage girl living in South Shields near Newcastle, growing up in a chaotic household shared with three siblings and their attractive young mother.

When the mother’s violent partner comes home from prison, Tasha’s attempts to keep him away backfire, erupting in a fight that reveal he is not her biological father. As Tasha finds out her actual dad, only known as the Viking, hails from Norway, the teenager runs away from home in a quest to find him.

Bliss is Rita Osei’s first feature film and had its world premiere at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Right from the onset, I wanted to fall in love with this movie and all the ingredients appeared to be there at first; unparalleled beautiful landscapes, dramatic colouring, touching musical moments, and of course, the initial storyline. Who can’t feel for a young girl looking for her real father, especially when her papa is meant to be a Viking? I had high expectations, no doubt.

But then, not only some of the dialogue is so cliché and delivered so stiffly it often ends up being unintentionally comical, Bliss!’ plot features so many ridiculous storylines, some embarrassing delivery and so many dramatic events it could easily fill a ten part Netflix series. Certainly not a blissful experience.

I can see it appealing to a teenage audience who can probably overlook the lack of drama around a key character dying accidentally or when a child is born with barely any fuss.

As a middle-aged woman, however, I can’t help but to feel alienated by what could have been an amazing film.

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