Stephanie (Sian Brooke) returns home to find her family in the full throes of wedding preparations as her mother Susan (Amanda Burton) and partner Annette (Pelka) prepare to marry. Striving to manage her anorexia back in the real world, Stephanie’s real priority is re-connecting with her teenage daughter Pearl (Fabienne Piolini-Castle).
Body of Water explores the murky, fractured and touching complexities of the mother-daughter -grandmother dynamic in the shadow of Stephanie’s destructive eating disorder.
British director Lucy Brydon’s Body of Water, exploring the ramifications of a woman’s eating disorder across her family, is a sensitive and distinctive debut feature deserving of a wider release
Sight & Sound
A sobering, difficult but intelligent drama
Characters evolve (or devolve) over the course of a series of beautifully written confrontations, and Brydon brings things to a bold and uncompromising conclusion.
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Total Film ★★★★
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Radio Times ★★★★