Ensemble drama starring Damian Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Penélope Cruz and Kristin Scott Thomas. Marcus Aylesbury (Lewis) has his fair share of dilemmas and secrets in his family. His wife (Scott Thomas) can’t tell the difference between a shrink and a shop, his eight-year-old son Orlando (Clem Tibber) spray paints his rabbit’s name on the walls to get attention, while Orlando’s godfather Stephen (Fiennes) lies half beaten to death in hospital. To make things worse Marcus’ boss is drawing him into a scam which could cost him his career, his father (Ian Holm) has an illegitimate love child with his former mistress Gloria (Cruz), and his stepmother Penelope’s (Harriet Walter) bond with her dogs is his best role model of a loving relationship.
User Reviews: I had the unique chance of watching this movie at it’s midnight premiere at Cannes, and this engaging story made the evening even more complete. Chromophobia is a depiction of how several upper-class Brits have become so obsessed with material things and their careers that they have become completely detached from the bare necessities: love, professional integrity, friendship and even their own children. Each of the characters will betray one of those ideals, and they will see their lives and relationships come crashing down. But while most of the movie is alienating, depressing and leaves you almost begging for some relief (it is there, you will laugh occasionally), in the end there is redemption: not in a glorious comeback or victory, but in the simple dignity of picking up the pieces and carrying on with a brave face. The train station scene is especially impressive, showing the sudden determination and loyalty in the main characters when faced with the ruin of their lives. Both chilling and warming: this is one solid piece of British drama.