‘LOVE SARAH’: A WARM AND SWEET LITTLE BRITISH MOVIE

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Movies that escape notice are sometimes the more meaningful ones, and when you add in being a British production, and I’ll take notice. Such is the truth of Love Sarah, a sweet treat of a British dramedy that deserves a second look.

Love Sarah (2020) Film Review

Time isn’t kind to Mimi (Celia Imie). After some disagreement with her daughter, time steals from her the opportunity to make anything right when she suddenly dies. Time passes and the women in Sarah’s life are aimless, and unsure where to go in their grief. Best friend Isabella (Shelley Conn) tries to find new tenants for the building she and Sarah planned to use to open a bakery. The task is more difficult than she expects.

Daughter Clarissa (Shannon Tarbet) struggles to find joy in dance and instead decides, with Isabella’s help, she’s going to fulfill her mother’s dream. Trouble is, the women need some financial help to do this. And so this sends Clarissa to see the grandmother she has a tenuous relationship with.

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This is one of those films that is bittersweet, yes, but also good. Special in ways you cannot always put your finger on, the film does a decent job encapsulating the sorrow of loss without wallowing. Meaning it’s not to the point of it being unhealthy (for the characters) or unpleasant (for the audience). We experience the weight of the loss and see its effect on those left behind without feeling too burdened.

Add to this its impressive cast which includes actors from prominent British productions Celia Imie from Cranford and Bill Patterson from Wives and Daughters, Rupert Penry-Jones and a talented cast of female talent and you have something to write home about. Everyone is quite good. This always makes the film better and easier to enjoy, too. There’s lots of warm moments between the characters as well as the warmth that comes from its setting in a bakery. Meaning, there’s lots of pastry treats in this one!

If you don’t mind movies that may move a little slower with emotional tears, then Love Sarah is a perfect watch. There’s some minor romance that’s all kinds of cute, and plenty of spunk and sass, which makes this a winning movie.

You can find Love Sarah (2020), at publication, on Hulu.


Content: there’s one sex scene, which starts with kissing, we see them lying in bed together later. There’s some minor profanity and British slang. The film is PG-13.

Photos: Miraj Films / Rainstar Productions / Samuel Goldwyn Films

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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