Dir: Craig Roberts. Cast: Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton, Alice Lowe, Morfydd Clark, Robert Pugh. 15 cert, 94 min
Eternal Beauty is full of extremely talented people who aren’t quite sure what they’re doing. This dark comedy about depression – or put in another light, about a very British form of bottomless misery – cycles through an awful lot of tones and gimmicks. It’s as apt to remind you of Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers, or Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, as anything strictly funny – ambitious reference points, at the very least, for its young writer-director Craig Roberts, best-known for his lead role in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine (2010).
Roberts made his directing debut at a mere 24 years old, with the coming-of-age flick Just Jim (2015), and here rolls his sleeves up with a close-to-impossible assignment: giving us a brightly-coloured indie take on paranoid schizophrenia. He’s also wrangling