Anchor and Hope
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Spain, 111 Minutes
Eva and Kat’s carefree world is turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Is their unconventional lifestyle possible with a baby? This charmingly different comedy explores the intricacies of love, relationships, and what it means to be a family.
Kat and her girlfriend Eva live in bohemian bliss on their London barge, floating to a new mooring every couple of weeks. Kat (Natalia Tena, Game of Thrones, The L Word) is content with the status quo, but Eva (Oona Chaplin, Game of Thrones) wants a baby. The fortuitous arrival of Kat’s straight pal Roger, in addition to too much tequila, conquers Kat’s doubts—at least momentarily.
Anchor and Hope starts as a raucous, ribald comedy of manners and becomes more thoughtful without ever losing its de touch. The writing is sharp and the performances are stellar. Chaplin gives a layered performance as a woman working hard to ignore the ris in her relationship, and Chaplin’s real-life mother, Geraldine, is an added bonus as Eva’s ex-hippie mom, Germaine. Award-winning director Carlos Marques-Marcet makes fine use of London’s canals in this not-for-tourists view of the city. The gritty but romantic setting is the final touch on an ideal romcom: funny, sweet, and sad, with a trio of characters like real people (only cuter, hipper, and having more sex).