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Anchor & Hope

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018
'Anchor And Hope'
'Anchor And Hope'  

This film is appearing in the Reeling Film Festival in Chicago. http://reelingfilmfestival.org/

For his sophomore feature film, "Anchor and Hope," Goya Award-winning director, Carlos Marques-Marcet chose to tackle a relatively new predicament: That of a gay couple who are not on the same page about having a baby.

Salsa teacher Eva (Oona Chaplin) and her Spanish girlfriend, part-time bartender Kat (Natalia Tena), seem to have a rather idyllic life living on a barge as they cruise up and down the Regent Canal in London. Then when Chorizo their cat dies, Eva announces that instead of replacing the pet, she would rather have a baby to make them into a real family.

This is obviously not the first time the matter has been raised. As usual, it is met with resistance by a defensive Kat, who brings up all the practical excuses why this shouldn't happen, rather than openly admit to the fact that she simply does not want to be a parent.

Into the picture comes Roger (David Verdaguer), Kat's best friend from Barcelona, who is going to stay on the boat with them for a couple of weeks. On the very first night of his visit all three of them get totally wasted; Roger drunkenly agrees to Eva's request to father her baby. The next morning, with all of them suffering ferocious hangovers, Kat wants to dismiss Roger's agreement as something rashly given when under the influence of alcohol. He and Eva, however, are determined to proceed.

The two women decide to draw up an agreement with Roger that limits his role to being nothing more than a donor, but when Eva's mother Germaine (played by Oona Chaplin's real-life mother, Geraldine Chaplin) is told, she immediately asks Roger how he really feels about being sidelined. With this, she hits the nail on the head. Kat may not really want to be a parent, but Roger would love to embrace the situation in its totality.

Marques-Marcet's bittersweet drama is not just about the question of whether or not to have a baby, but is in fact a touching film about the things we are prepared to do in the name of love. This modern rom com gently explores the possibilities of how different life could turn out if no one is ever prepared to compromise.

This entertaining film reunites the director with the Verdaguer and Tena, who starred together in his debut feature "10,000Km." The addition of the talented Chaplins completes a perfect cast.

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.


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