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Love Sarah (12A)

Cast: Rupert Penry-Jones, Celia Imrie, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet, Bill Paterson
Genre: Drama
Author(s): Jake Brunger
Director: Eliza Schroeder
Release Date: 10/07/2020 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 98mins
Country: UK
Year: 2020

Ottolenghi-trained chef Sarah Curachi and best friend Isabella are poised to open their first bakery in London's fashionable Notting Hill. Alas, Sarah is killed in a cycling accident en route to collecting the keys for the shop and a heartbroken Isabella discovers she cannot legally terminate the commercial lease on the bakery. Sarah's daughter, 19-year-old aspiring dancer Clarissa, attempts to realise her mother's dream with financial backing from her estranged grandmother Mimi.


 

LondonNet Film Review
Love Sarah (12A)

Combine two cups of human drama with one cup of gently simmered romance, stirring in a generous splash of tragedy until the mixture thickens to a gooey consistency. Half-bake on a medium heat until beleaguered characters rise nicely and serve with a generous dollop of sweetened wish fulfilment. Love Sarah is a heartfelt drama about grief and female empowerment, made to a well-thumbed recipe in scriptwriter Jake Brunger’s cookbook. He doesn’t introduce unusual ingredients as three generations of women seek solidarity over platters of sticky Baklava, preferring a light, fluffy concoction that is methodically constructed like one of the Matcha mille crepe cakes made to order by the titular bakery for a Japanese customer craving home comforts…

Shot on location in London, director Eliza Schroeder’s visually appealing picture is a valentine to the culturally diverse capital, extolling the delicious melting pot of cultures that invisibly binds friends and neighbours from different walks of life. Shannon Tarbet and Shelley Conn are ably matched as would-be bakery shop proprietors, while the luminous Celia Imrie adds emotional depth and richness to her melancholic matriarch haunted by regret. Great British Bake Off champion Candice Brown makes fleeting appearances as the titular chef, whose death greases the wheels of a linear plot.

Ottolenghi-trained chef Sarah Curachi (Brown) and best friend Isabella (Conn) are poised to open their first bakery in London’s fashionable Notting Hill. Alas, Sarah is killed in a cycling accident en route to collecting the keys for the shop and a heartbroken Isabella discovers she cannot legally terminate the commercial lease on the bakery. Sarah’s daughter, 19-year-old aspiring dancer Clarissa (Tarbet), turns her back on ballet to realise her mother’s dream with financial backing from her estranged grandmother, one-time circus star Mimi (Imrie).

“You can definitely see its potential,” coos Clarissa as she invites Mimi into the gloomy, unfurnished premises. “What, as a crack den?” tersely replies the grandmother. United in grief, the women pool resources to transform the empty shell into a warm and inviting eaterie, serving mouth-watering confections created by Sarah’s Michelin-starred ex-boyfriend Mathew (Rupert Penry-Jones). Loyalties are tested as the new business, named Love Sarah, competes against nearby bakeries for custom and Mimi takes temporary leave from the till to fan flames of romance with eccentric inventor Felix (Bill Paterson).

Love Sarah paints a dreamy vision of fledgling entrepreneurship, far removed from the harsh reality of the modern high street. We eagerly devour lingering close-ups of mouth-watering bakes from around the world but a sub-plot involving Mathew’s past is more difficult to digest. The stakes for the new business seldom appear high and in the absence of palpable jeopardy or failure, one slice of this rose-tinted, post-Brexit life is plenty.

– Jo Planter


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