Saoirse Ronan stars in a new drama film with How I Live Now. Set in the United Kingdom in the near future, Ronan plays an American teenager, Daisy who was sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. She was withdrawn and alienated at first but she starts to warm up to her charming surroundings. She even strikes up a romantic relationship with Edmund (played by George MacKay). Everything seems to go well until news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe erupts. As the UK becomes a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself fighting to survive this war. How I Live Now also stars Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor and Corey Johnson. Check out the latest new on this film below:
“How Do I Live Now Starring Saoirse Ronan
How I Live Now, a futuristic coming-of-age thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), stars the inventive, always-astonishing 19-year-old Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a Gothic, blond, 16-year-old New York rebel in the middle of the apocalypse, exiled by her father to live with distant relatives in England to escape from the danger and chaos in war-torn America. Arriving at Brackendale, a gloomy, battered farmhouse far removed from her hip, ultra-modern life in Manhattan, Daisy is furious, sarcastic, moody, alienated, anorexic and appalled by a remote rural retreat filled with animals, dirty dishes, moldy plumbing and a profusion of clutter. But most of all, she’s suspicious and hostile toward her three cousins—the oldest boy, Eddie (George MacKay),
a handsome lad with a penchant for nudity; his friendly 14-year-old younger brother, Isaac (played by Tom Holland, the remarkable kid who made a huge impact as the sensitive son of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, forced into maturity beyond his years as a tsunami victim in last year’s powerful disaster epic The Impossible); and their fragile baby sister, Piper (Harley Bird).
Based on the award-winning 2004 novel by Meg Rosoff, the film is divided in two parts. First, the idyllic and lush green haven of the British countryside (filmed in Wales), where Daisy learns about friendship, sharing, family values and sex with cousin Eddie. Then, it turns dark and terrifying when the aunt, who works as some sort of defense data specialist, is dispatched on urgent business to Geneva, leaving the four children without supervision while World War III suddenly erupts around them. Although the American consul in Edinburgh issues her a return ticket to New York, Daisy decides to stay with her new family. The nucleus of the movie centers on what happens next, how they take care of each other and what they have to do to survive a nuclear war beyond their control and not of their making. It’s too episodic, cloudy and often inexplicable, but the challenges and hardships are daunting and harrowing enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Forced by the military police into foster care, where the water supply is contaminated and the plumbing doesn’t work, allowing only one bath per week, the children are separated, leaving Daisy to become a surrogate mother to little Piper. There’s one ghastly scene where the children dig through piles of rotten root vegetables foraging for food and find only corpses.”
The rest of the article can be read at the New York Observer.
This new coming-of-age thriller is directed by Kevin Macdonald.
Don’t miss How I Live Now in theaters this November 8th 2013.
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