Love of My Life review – deathly Britpack comedy

A creak of British actors are transplanted to Canada where they have terminal cancer, an ex-lover and an awful script to contend with. No one’s finest hour

This creaky curio exiles Brits to Toronto to enact a necromantic tangle: architect Anna Chancellor finds her domestic complacency with ambulant cardigan James Fleet disrupted first by a terminal cancer diagnosis, then the reappearance of her roguish novelist ex John Hannah. Nudging the dial towards bad taste might have been interesting – it’s partly couched as a fight for sexual bragging rights, with Hannah claiming “first dibs on the last fuck”. Director Joan Carr-Wiggin plumps for bookclub cosiness, alas, leaving every sitcom set-up resembling farce without the energy. The actors strive to give it spark and emotional amplitude, but the script barely seems to understand how humans exist hour-by-hour, let alone in moments of mortal crisis.

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Mike McCahill

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