My Family and Other Animals

  Chris  Review by:  Chris

Title:  My Family and Other Animals

Starring:  Omid Djalili, Matthew Goode, Chris Langham, Tamzin Merchant, Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey

Collection:  Movies

This is a perfect example of why I love Masterpiece Theatre.  I’d never heard of renowned naturalist, conservationist, and author Gerald Durrell or the book that this movie is based on until I stumbled across this DVD in the library’s collection.  In this movie, Durrell is a 10-year-old boy who is fascinated by the natural world, at least the animal part of it.  He and his family, two brothers, a sister, and his mother, get fed up with the damp English climate and move to the Greek island of Corfu.  Apart from invading visitors and relatives, the family enjoys an idyllic existence cut off from the outside world, where each family member indulges, or perhaps over indulges, his or her own peculiar. . . or er. . . particular interests.  The film is a lovely comedy about a whacky family that may not be exactly like my own, but the concept it represents should be familiar to us all.  Unfortunately, the family’s days on the island paradise do not last as long as they would wish.  War with Germany literally looms over the horizon, and all the family’s attempts to ignore it cannot be successful indefinitely.  Eventually, they must return to the real world and all of its larger issues with a reluctance that I empathized with as I shut off the DVD player.

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