This is a very unique film about the struggles with life and with love. The story was beautifully done, it is based on the 1948 novel of the same name by Dodie Smith. One of the best things about this movie is not just the story and the setting, but the amazing cast with some of my personal favorites. Although this film is relatively unknown here in the U.S., this is a beautiful movie that deals with poverty, first loves, and also heartbreaks. If you love any of these actors this might be the push you need to see it. The brilliant cast includes Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Henry Thomas, Marc Blucas, Tara Fitzgerald and Henry Cavil.
The story revolves around 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Garai) as she tells, sometime through her diary what is going on in her life with her sort of crazy family and the castle in which they stay. After the success of her father’s (Nighy) first novel they moved into the castle hoping that more novels would come, unfortunately that did not work, and now they are so poor that there hands are turning green. Just kidding that is due from there exocentric step-mother Topaz who is an artist and also a nudist. But as luck might have it they meet Simon (Thomas) and Neil (Blucas), the owners of the castle and her sister Rose (Byrne) sees money so that means love. As Rose had said she would marry a monkey if it had money, she was so tired of being poor, that she would do whatever it took to have money, even if that meant being with someone she didn’t love. So she worked very hard to make Simon fall in love with her. And again as luck would have it, Simon asks Rose to marry him, but along the way things get a bit bumpy. Will Simon and Rose last? Will there be a happy ending? What about Cassandra, will she also find love? Check out this movie to find out.