Adrift Review

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Director Heitor Dhalia gives the film a glossy sheen, but Adrift never really moves beyond the tale of one little rich girl’s awakening.

Is there nothing Vincent Cassel can’t do? Here the French actor assumes the role of a Portuguese father whose relationship with his adolescent daughter (Laura Neiva) comes into focus over a fractious summer in Brazil.

Filipa is a young woman coming to terms with the power of her own beauty, and the moral and sexual repercussions that follow. Mathias is her father, the rock in her life eroded by the realisation that he is having an affair. Neiva is a terrific find as Filpa – her seductiveness underpinned by the attendant callousness of youth.

Director Heitor Dhalia gives the film a glossy sheen (with the slightest undercurrent of Oedipal tension), but Adrift never really moves beyond the tale of one little rich girl’s awakening.

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