Directed by Joanna Hogg • 2010 • United Kingdom
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard
ARCHIPELAGO is a quietly devastating portrayal of a family in emotional crisis. Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is preparing to leave for a year of volunteer work in Africa. His mother (Kate Fahy) and his sister (Lydia Leonard) decide to gather the family together on a remote island as a farewell trip to say goodbye to Edward. Hired cook Rose (Amy Lloyd) and painting teacher Christopher (Christopher Baker), though brought in to help, only serve to bring the family’s anxieties into sharper focus. When Edward’s father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring the family’s buried anger and repressed tension to the surface.