Our Ladies (15)
Our Ladies (15)
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Runtime: 106 minutes
Cast: Eve Austin, Tallulah Greive, Abigail Lawrie, Sally Messham, Rona Morison, Marli Siu, Stuart Martin, Jack Greenlees and Kate Dickie
Synopsis: In 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.
Director Michael Caton-Jones’ [Memphis Belle (1990), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and Urban Hymn (2015)] adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos does not disappoint.
Our Ladies follows a group of Scottish schoolgirls on a day trip to Edinburgh to perform in a choir competition. For these teens from a small town in the Scottish Highlands, it becomes a chance to escape their daily lives and run riot in the big city. With few expectations for their futures, Orla (Tallulah Greive), Finnoula (Abigail Lawrie), Manda (Sally Messham), Kay (Eve Austin), Chell (Rona Morison) and Kylah (Marli Siu) are determined to live for every moment in this raucous tale of love, life and true friendship.
The film offers a deft balance of hilarity and poignancy, with breakthrough performances from a talented ensemble cast during a long, raucous day. Our Ladies is not for the faint-hearted as the group of rowdy, vodka-fuelled Highland girls hit the big city in search of adventure, shopping and a good time.
It is very much a 1990’s story with a tremendous soundtrack from Roddy Hart and beautiful cinematography from Dennis Crossan of Fort William and Edinburgh exteriors.
These are girls at a threshold, caught between what they see as their lot in life, their parents’ wishes for them, and the dreams they’re not yet ready to admit, even to their best friends, exploring adulthood, their sexuality and what might be possible for them beyond Fort William. They are beyond the control of the only supervising adult, a nun, Sister Condron, played by the always superb Kate Dickie [Red Road (2006), Prometheus (2012) Filth (2013), The Witch (2015)]. Changing attitudes to sexuality and minors and #MeToo movement make this ladette themed story dated in today’s world but this spirited ensemble piece with excellent musical and lively karaoke interludes is guaranteed to impress.
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