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Minor quibbles aside, with a dangerously good mother-son partnership and excellent central performances Sydney & the Old Girl is an intense alternative to the formulaic family drama.
Miriam Margolyes is dazzlingly good as Nell, fully inhabiting the mischievous and darker aspects of the character while visibly changing her tone and manner with nurse Fee to elicit sympathy and friendship. The joy of this mercurial performance lies in its ambiguity, never being sure whether she is the cruel and thoughtless mother Sydney believes or a woman damaged by guilt and grief for a lost child…..
Posted : 8th November 2019