The Drifters: Review

The Drifters: Review

The Drifters: Review

Best known for his work on Skins and Killing Bono, Ben Bond’s directorial debut The Drifters (positively being referred to as a post-Brexit love story in the media) mixes British hipster — drama with big impact issues. With nods to I’m Gonna Explode, True Romance and Natural Born Killers, this quirky love story starts strong, but just loses the race at the end.

Our two leads, Fanny and Koffee (brilliantly played by the talented Lucie Bordeau and Jonathan Ajayi) are English students studying in London. One is a French waitress, the other an African migrant – both yearning for their respective freedoms. The two develop a bond and, through a crime related incident through Koffee, they take a trip to the English coast to find freedom and fun at the beach.

The on-screen couple are, for the most part, a delight to watch and their love story is well scripted and kooky. The stylised nature of the film often works, using their learning of English as a side-narrative with large letters on screen. Or, using freeze frame, colour change and speed variation to recreate a Tarantino-esque tone (a reflection of Fanny’s obsession to be Mia from Pulp Fiction and addition for Taratino in Hollywood).

However, the build up for the film is somewhat rendered flat by the end, due to a few of the character arcs turning in a different direction, making the love story almost a pointless affair all together. But perhaps I’m missing the point of the film, in which case, the ending may make complete sense to you. 

Beautifully shot, well acted and a fantastic tourism advert for the Great Britain, with enough odd balls moment to appease us cinephiles. 

THE DRIFTERS is released in virtual cinemas from 2 April and on demand 5 April 2021

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