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The End We Start From  2023
The End Where We Start From
Director:  Mahalia Belo
Producer:
  Leah Clarke, Liza Marshall, Adam Ackland, Amy Jackson and Sophie Hunter
Art Director:
  Daniel Draper (supervisor)
Editor:
  Arttu Salmi
Music:
  Anna Meredith
Screenplay:
  Alice Birch, based on the novel by Megan Hunter
Director of Photography:
  Suzie Lavelle
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Cast:
spacer1 Jodie Comer
spacer1 Benedict Cumberbatch
spacer1 Katherine Waterston
people1 Gina McKee
spacer1 Joel Fry
people1 Mark Strong
spacer1 Nina Sosanya
spacer1 Ramanique Ahluwalia
spacer1 Alexandria Riley
spacer1 Sinéad Trinnaman
spacer1 Hannah Young
spacer1 Gavin Park
spacer1 Jodie Comer spacer1 Benedict Cumberbatch spacer1 Katherine Waterston
people1 Gina McKee spacer1 Joel Fry people1 Mark Strong
spacer1 Nina Sosanya spacer1 Ramanique Ahluwalia spacer1 Alexandria Riley
spacer1 Sinéad Trinnaman spacer1 Hannah Young spacer1 Gavin Park
spacer1 Jodie Comer spacer1 Benedict Cumberbatch
spacer1 Katherine Waterston people1 Gina McKee
spacer1 Joel Fry people1 Mark Strong
spacer1 Nina Sosanya spacer1 Ramanique Ahluwalia
spacer1 Alexandria Riley spacer1 Sinéad Trinnaman
spacer1 Hannah Young spacer1 Gavin Park

Synopsis:
Adapting Megan Hunter’s prophetic 2017 novel, director Mahalia Belo and screenwriter Alice Birch model their film on the author’s spare, elliptical prose, keeping the disaster just off-screen and letting their actors wear the pressure and tension of the story on their faces as their world gets a little smaller and a lot scarier. Comer (Killing Eve, The Last Duel), in a role unlike any she’s played before, balances a new mother’s physical and psychic exhaustion with an unyielding life force that makes her the ideal audience surrogate.

The End We Start From is ultimately a cautionary tale, its characters moving episodically through various strata of social collapse. Fry (Cruella, Our Flag Means Death) dials down his substantial charm to play a man desperate to do good in a landscape that offers nothing but horrible options, while Mark Strong, Nina Sosanya, Gina McKee, Katherine Waterston, and Benedict Cumberbatch (who also produced the film) all contribute brief but indelible appearances.

Review:
An apocalyptic drama that still makes room for hope, The End We Start From uses the language of genre to ask the only question that matters about our increasingly bleak future: What will you do? And why aren’t you doing it already?

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