Earlier this month, the highly anticipated Miseducation of Cameron Post made its UK debut in which Chloë Grace Moretz gives an amazing performance as the young Cameron Post who’s standing up for the love she believes in.
British director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion film came out in September during which newcomer and leading actress Lily Newmark shows us the devastating consequences of bullying.
Now it seems that we can add another coming-of-age film to that list as, Bliss! is released on VOD. Sadly, this newest work from director Rita Osei (“Room to Let”, “The Curry Club”) doesn’t reach the same level as its predecessors.
When you have a loving, caring and heart-warming family, it’s the most amazing feeling there’s in the world. However, this isn’t a position everyone is lucky enough to be in.
Tasha, Freya Parks (“Jane Eyre”, “Les Miserables”), a very head-strong 16-year old girl, is living with her four other siblings and her mom under one roof but, sadly, they’re not the happy family they deserve to be.
While her mother is more concerned about her own future and well-being, she completely neglects her five precious children, including Tasha. If this isn’t hard enough on Tasha, she discovers her father isn’t the man she thought he was.
Her older sister Jenny, Lauren W. Johns (“Pride”, “Honeytrap”) confides in her that a man, only known as The Viking, was around when she was born and as convinced and stubborn as she is, Tasha is descending to Norway in the hope of finding her long-lost father.
While she’s on the search to reconnect with this mysterious man, the rest of the family is getting through an incredibly rough patch. Jenny is moving into her own flat while big brother Danny, Reece Noi (“Game Of Thrones (TV)”, “K-Shop”) is becoming a father for the first time. Something he’s struggling with and insecure about it at the same time. Will Tasha find her father and what will have become of her family when she’s back?
As you can tell, the typical characteristic elements of a coming-of-age film are present in Bliss!, without any doubt. First of all, it’s all about finding your inner self but also your place in the world.
While Tasha is on the lookout for her father, she’s also unconsciously looking for herself, her identity and who she wants to be when growing up.