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The End We Start From

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Environmental disaster drama has threat, nudity, language.

Movie R 2023 102 minutes
The End We Start From movie poster: A close-up of a young White woman holding a baby and looking concerned.

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On paper this British environmental disaster movie is bleak. Indeed The End We Start From began life as a novel, by Megan Hunter, in which an unnamed mother and her newborn baby faces catastrophic flooding and a population that are becoming increasingly desperate for food and shelter. Yet in among this unforgiving environment is a story of hope, perseverance, and courage embodied by the incredible Comer, who was so brilliant in TV's Killing Eve. Comer, who is the lead character and is in every scene, is fast becoming one of the U.K.'s most accomplished and reliable actors. In a role that could easily have fallen foul to overacting, Comer plays it pitch perfect. Credit too to director Mahalia Belo and screenwriter Alice Birch who have created a fully-rounded female character who shows glimpses of vulnerability but won't let anything get in the way of protecting her newborn baby. Subtle touches such as where Comer's character is struggling to breastfeed, brings a realism to a film that scarily could become that much more real should concerns about climate change not be addressed.

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