COMMON PEOPLE

Cert 12A 89mins Stars 3

This bittersweet comedy-drama is a celebration of England’s green and pleasant public places and wears its micro-budget roots as a badge of honour.

Different stories are linked by an escaped parrot in one afternoon on London’s glorious parkland of Clapham Common, and we’re offered  defiant optimism, romance and humour in the face of homelessness and heartache.

Among the disparate groups we encounter are a birdwatching Scout troop, a philosophical party of drunks, and a woman in labour.

In his final screen role, British acting acting stalwart Sam Kelly joins a cast including Diana Payan, Iarla McGowan and Melody Weston Shaw, who jolly us along while radiating charm, raising a smile and warming the heart.

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