Isabella was due to open a new bakery with her friend Sarah, but after her death is struggling with the building they had bought. When Clarissa, Sarah’s daughter splits up with her boyfriend and sleeps in the building one night this will start up the bakery again!
Love Sarah is a lovely film that takes a look into the way people cope with grief, renew relationships and in memory of someone can really achieve good things. Sarah had fallen out with her mother Mimi many years before her death, although this is something that we don’t really get to explore very much.
Clarissa had pretty much begun to go off the rails, taking drugs and dropping out of college. The break up with her boyfriend when he what felt like abruptly kicks her out one night, with no one to contact she breaks into the building that was due to become the bakery. Isabella is contacted by the police and as it turned out she knew who it was and this then leads to Mimi her grandmother taking her in.
Isabella had been struggling to cope with not only the loss of her friend but business partner as well. Sarah was going to be the one doing the baking/cooking and without her well a bakery was never going to work very well. When the trio decide to go with it and open the bakery they advertise for chefs and in comes Matthew.
He has a history with Sarah and he seems to think that he could actually be Clarissa’s father. This was something that gave a nice little sub-plot as well as the budding romance with Isabella. Along with these smaller plots we have the grandmother/granddaughter relationship that grows and seems to be fixed from the strained nature of the past. This all allows us to see some fantastic female characters and how they then managed to empower one another.
Something that is truly fantastic about what they decided to do with the bakery was embrace the culture of the area in London and find out what exactly people want to buy. Researching into the different sweet treats and desserts that other countries are well known for, therefore giving people that little bit of home. I thought that was just truly lovely, especially the way they really put a lot into finding out what people wanted to buy. That probably doesn’t happen enough from food places actually putting in research for what will sell.
The performances were all very good and I thought Shelly Conn was great in one of the leading roles. Also happy to then find out that I have seen her in quite a few things but I think the Mistresses TV show was the main project I remember her from. Celia Imrie is the most well known in the film and she does not disappoint. Shannon Tarbet was good working alongside them both as well as Rupert Penry-Jones being very engaging. Then we get Bill Paterson in more of a support role.
Debut film from Eliza Schroeder after shorts and made for TV and I am very much looking forward to seeing how her career develops after this very good start.
Cinema release date is currently scheduled for Friday 10th July 2020.