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Colin Firth and Olivia Colman seated at a table with Odessa Young standing in the background

On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), the boy from the manor house nearby who is Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

Director: Eva Husson

Cast: Josh O'Connor, Odessa Young, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Glenda Jackson

4 Stars

“Handsomely designed, meticulously shot and impeccably performed”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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A headshot of Eve Allin smiling outside

view from our programmer: Eve Allin

Eva Husson and Alice Birch join forces for this seductive and sophisticated period drama. Birch has penned some of my favourite scripts - Lady Macbeth for film, Normal People for TV, and Anatomy of a Suicide for theatre. Both Husson and Birch create defiant, poignant stories out of the unexpected. They weave together excellent characterisation and muted emotional storylines. Come for Colin Firth and Olivia Colman at the top of their game, and stay for the delicacy and romance of Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young’s performances.