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London Film Festival 2011: Early One Morning

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Written by . Published on October 12th 2011.

London Film Festival 2011: Early One Morning

THE London Film Festival gets underway on Tuesday 12 October and runs till the 27 October. Film festivals can sometimes be a mixed mag of the good, the bad and the ugly but this year’s LFF looks like being one of the best. Sometimes all you have to go by in choosing a film is the festival’s programme guide which will obviously show the film in the best light. I can remember covering a certain festival a few years back. The cinema was completely packed for what seemed, on paper anyway, to be a pretty interesting movie. Suffice to say I have never seen so many people walk out on a movie. By about an hour pretty much everyone had walked out. And so to a French film called Early One Morning which looked to have a lot of potential – on paper that is. 

Early One Morning
In Early One Morning Paul a senior executive at a French financial institution is feeling the pressure as his firm is suffering the ill effects of the all too familiar global banking crisis. The movie essentially charts the unravelling of Paul’s life. Paul is facing the fact that although he has dedicated his life to his job he could be expendable as the next man. Although the film did give a little insight into world of working in corporate finance through the character of Paul I felt it missed a trick or two in exposing something a little deeper. Sure we see Paul with his charmed lifestyle outside of work with the nice house and taking his family for nice trips on his boat in contrast to his soulless working environment that funds his comfortable existence but this and much of the film just feels a little predictable. Starting a movie with giving away a conclusion works in a lot of films but did not seem to add anything here. A rambling drama that failed to make any points other than the fairly obvious.

Early One Morning is showing on the 15 & 18 October at the London Film Festival

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