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12th January 2014 06:00:00
Posted by Mike Sutton

How I Live Now coming in February

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In a world that faces the daily threat of being ruled by war and destruction, first love can be radioactive. From Academy-award winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Marley, The Last King in Scotland) comes this year’s most highly anticipated coming of age story as HOW I LIVE NOW arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on 10 February 2014.

Award winning young adult writer Meg Rosoff’s debut novel, How I Live Now (published by Penguin), has been adapted from a screenplay by Jeremy Brock (The Eagle, The Last King Of Scotland), Penelope Skinner (‘Fresh Meat’) and Tony Grisoni (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, ‘Red Riding Trilogy’), HOW I LIVE NOW deftly and expertly weaves themes of love, loss and belonging with the harshness of war, chaos and carnage.

HOW I LIVE NOW stars Academy award winner and British Independent Film nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones, The Host) for her role as courageous and resilient Daisy; George Mackay (The Boys are Back, Peter Pan, Defiance) as strong and enigmatic Eddie; Tom Holland (The Impossible) as boisterous Isaac; Harley Bird as the baby of the family, Piper; and Anna Chancellor (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Hour) as Aunt Penn.

American teenager Daisy (Ronan) has attitude to burn. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer to live with her aunt and cousins in the English countryside. Defiant and unhappy, city girl Daisy refuses at first to warm to her rural new surroundings or the three cousins she’s meeting for the first time. With their mum (Ch ancellor) engrossed in her role as a peace negotiator, they have the run of this romantic bohemian idyll to themselves and slowly, Daisy begins to thaw. Plus, there’s something about her quiet, watchful older cousin that not only intrigues Daisy, but stirs something deep inside. Their perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a 21st century world war, leaving them isolated and forced to fend for themselves. When they are violently separated Daisy must embark on a terrifying journey in order to get back home.

Featuring a haunting and beautiful original soundtrack composed by Jon Hopkins, long term collaborator of Brian Eno and ‘Coldplay’ and featuring ‘Bat for Lashes’ vocalist Natasha Khan and acoustic sensation ‘Daughter’, HOW I LIVE NOW boasts a triumphant score underpinning the action.


SPECIAL FEATURES

· ‘The Making of’ featurette
· Deleted Scenes

About Mike Sutton
Mike has been reviewing DVDs and, latterly, Blu-Rays for this site on and off since June 1999. He is willing to review anything and everything but his first loves are American movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, Sam Peckinpah, Brian De Palma, Westerns, and Horror. His main contribution, however, is to sharply raise the average age of the reviewing staff.


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