The Cement Garden is a very well made film. It follows one English family as they try to deal with new bewildering events outside of their coping mechanisms. The story is a strange one. It is fascinating. This is paradise for voyeurs, armchair psychiatrists and flies that like to sit on walls.
Director Andrew Birkin – whose screenplays include The Name of the Rose (1986) and Perfume (2006) – brilliantly directs his film using a young cast which includes niece Charlotte Gainsbourg and son Ned Birkin. Gainsbourg and fellow lead Andrew Robertson are superb.
This is not a film for children. This is also not a film you want to watch with your parents… unless you love sharing very awkward cringeworthy moments.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. The following trailer gives away the most important plot twist in the film:
Title: The Cement Garden (1993)
Direction: Andrew Birkin
Screenplay: Andrew Birkin
Based on: The Cement Garden (1978) novel by Ian McEwan
Cinematography: Stephen Blackman
Editing: Toby Tremlett
Score: Ed Shearmur
Stars: Andrew Robertson, Charlotte Gainsbourg