Love Sarah brings together three generations of women, for the love of Sarah Curachi (special appearance by Candice Brown - The Great British Bake-Off Winner of 2016) , an acclaimed baker. They wrestle with their emotions, each other, and overcome a few milestones to establish a bakery in Notting Hill filled with pastries from all over the world; a home away from home in a culturally diverse area. A film by Eliza Schroeder, this original story stars Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn, Rupert Penry-Jones and Bill Paterson and will be in Cinemas nationally on 2 July 2020.
A film about grief and regret and the journey of overcoming it, an 18-year-old aspiring dancer (Shannon Tarbet as Clarissa), her estranged grandmother Mimi (Celia Imrie), a best friend Isabella (Shelley Conn), and a chef (Rupert Penry-Jones as Matthew) with a motive and more than a passing interest in the business take the reins as loyalties are tested and fraying relations put the bakery at risk.
Celia Imrie as always, bristles with talent as Mimi the grandmother; someone needs to bottle her fabulousness. Full of expression and a little bit saucy, she's the saving grace of the film as she goes from being worn out to blossoming and perhaps even finding herself a potential late-in-life love with the bakery's neighbour, an eccentric inventor, played by Bill Paterson.
The film touches on the fixations of aspiration and success, in what is a feel-good story about a bakery that rises from the ashes like the phoenix. However, this character-driven debut feature film does not quite reach full potential. It takes its time to get into the story and once there, the characters aren't developed enough to give you that full volume of emotions that hits the mark.
The subplots and characters are a little under-baked and contrived, and the quick appearance of the supernatural thrown into the plot just adds to the chaos of an unsuccessful bake-off. A bit of a bland British baking drama it may be; the delicious delicacies on display make up the only rush you'll feel to lift your mood in a bit of eye-catching food porn.
This attempt at a charming yet predictable tale of drama is a little less satisfying and fulfilling than it tried to be. It's a little undercooked and by no means perfect, but could be perfect for those who need a charismatic dose of Celia Imrie.