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by Vladimir Kozlov at 01/09/2011 20:28

This is a feature directorial debut by British actor Richard Ayoade, best known for his role as Maurice Moss in the sitcom “The IT Crowd.” Based on Joe Dunthorne’s 2008 novel of the same name, “Submarine” is a coming-of-age story centered on 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts).

This Welsh boy has a very clear agenda that boils down to two goals: to lose his virginity before he turns 16 and to save his parents’ marriage, which is apparently falling apart.

To achieve goal one, Oliver uses various means to impress classmate Jordana (Yasmin Paige). And the relations between his parents seem to be jeopardized by his mother’s ex-boyfriend, New Age guru Graham (Paddy Considine), who suddenly resurfaces in her life. So, Oliver’s job is to make sure that there is no flame between them.

Both goals turn out to be difficult to achieve, but by way of trying Oliver learns a lot of things about adult life.

The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and won the main prize of the Giffoni Film Festival.

“Submarine” also earned quite a positive critical reception. A writer for Orlando Weekly described the film as “not only a confident directorial debut, but also a clearheaded capsule of teenage hopes and anxieties.”

“It’s hard to overlook Ayoade’s natural skill as a storyteller with an affinity for character and humor,” noted a reviewer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. “If he grows into his own visual style, he’s definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on.”

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