Category: Upcoming Films
Red Joan -Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes
The year is 2000. Joan Stanley (Dench) is a retired scientist living in a London suburb when she is arrested for crimes committed many years ago. We flash back to 1938, and young Joan (Sophie Cookson) is a new student at Cambridge, where a chance encounter with Sonya (Tereza Srbova), an alluring fellow student, draws her into a circle of politicized youths supporting the Republicans in Spain and the Soviet dream of a classless society. Joan falls for Sonya's brother Leo (Tom Hughes), a dashing idealist in search of adventure. When the Second World War begins, Joan goes to work for Max (Stephen Campbell Moore) at a top-secret British intelligence project of great interest to Leo. Joan is soon facing several difficult choices: between national loyalties, between belief systems, between men. Somewhere in all this, she will also discover her tremendous potential.
Lindsay Shapero's crisply structured script darts between the elder Joan's interrogations and the younger Joan's life of secrets and jagged alliances. She's never certain whom to trust — and we might not be certain if we can trust her. But Joan's fascinating story validates Jean Renoir's timeless adage: "Everyone has their reasons." Dir: Trevor Nunn
MICHÈLE MAHEUX, Toronto International Film Festival 2018