While not as good as the TV series, (with Hannah Gordon handpicked by Gerry Durrell to play his mother and Brian Blessed as a brilliant Spiro), this is about as good as you could get in a film length adaptation. Matthew Goode as Larry and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Durrell were standouts in the film and while the time constraints made it less quirky than the book there was just enough left to enjoy. This is definitely worth watching if you are a fan of Durrell's books.
Sometimes it's hard to tell your closest relations from local wildlife. Escaping the dreary wet weather of 1930s England, the eccentric and bohemian Durrell family uproots and ship themselves off to the sun drenched Greek island of Corfu. In this warm, magical and nostalgic adaptation of Gerald Durrell's renowned autobiography, the rag-tag Durrell family - 12 year-old innocent naturalist and intrepid biologist Gerald, acne-infested Margot, gun-loving Leslie and overbearing intellectual Larry - headed by their sympathetic mother, experience the joys of living a life of freedom and adventure. With the different, fantastically coloured villas dotted across the landscape.Special Features:
- Durrell's Ark
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.33 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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