I Capture the Castle (2003)


There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.

Tim Fywell directs this beautiful piece set in 1930s England about 17-year-old Cassandra Mortamain (played marvellously by Romola Garai) and her eccentric family living in a decaying English castle. They are all desperate to succeed in something; Cassandra’s father (played by Bill Nighy) wants success in a book, her blossoming sister Rose (played by Rose Byrne) is desperate to marry so she get out of the old castle and her stepmother Topaz (played by Tara Fitzgerald) is no help at all, desperately wanting ‘release.’

However, salvation comes to all of them when two American brothers arrive at the castle and the viewer and  through Garai’s brilliant voice over and acting, the reader is drawn into a world of class struggles, English landscapes and romance.

Based on Dodie Smith’s novel of the same name (author of 101 Dalmatians)this has always been one of my favourite films since I was ten years old. Joe Sowerbutts (who plays Cassandra’s younger brother Thomas) and the dashing Henry Cavill (playing the family’s servant Stephen) also do a great job of being supporting characters in the film too.

Can you smell bluebells?

 I can smell heaven.

My rating: 4.5/5

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