Molly Windsor, Joseph Quinn, Stefanie Martini
British director Claire Oakley’s arresting, genre-bending debut feature sets its scene in a Cornish caravan park, where teenager Ruth (a poised Molly Windsor) travels to stay with her boyfriend Tom (Joseph Quinn).
It’s off-season, so the resort is mostly deserted, except for a few residents and a handful of staff charged with sprucing up the place. Ruth gradually settles into her new environment, finding work and making a new friend in the form of make-up enthusiast Jade (Stefanie Martini). But one afternoon, while giving Tom’s caravan a spring clean, Ruth finds evidence he might be cheating on her. As her desire to uncover the truth turns into an obsession, she begins to realise that actually, she might be looking for something else entirely.
Combining poetic realism, body horror and lesbian romance, and transforming her remote coastal setting into an intangible labyrinth of creeping intrigue, Oakley weaves a singular tale of self-acceptance and sexual awakening. A gorgeously inventive psychodrama, with aural and colour palettes that shift and intensify with each narrative twist, it’s an impressive calling card for a vivid new voice in British cinema.