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The Almond and The Seahorse

The Almond and The Seahorse

The Almond and the Seahorse is a life-affirming and beautifully uplifting story of survival that has the power to relate us all. Almond and the Seahorse are the nicknames given to the parts of our brains that lay down new memories and hold on to the old ones. After a traumatic brain injury (TBI) these parts can change, become new pathways, creating a new you ... but what gets forgotten and who gets left behind? Usually, the people who love us the most.

 

The film explores the complex and very human relationships of two couples as they try to navigate a new life together or attempt to explore a life apart after injury changed everything. It refreshingly focuses on the characters without brain damage, but have to carry the heart damage. Sarah (Rebel Wilson) is an archaeologist who loves her husband Joe (multi-award BAFTA Cymru winner and BAFTA nominated Celyn Jones) but after a TBI their love is trapped in the past. Toni (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is an architect and loves her partner Gwen (Trine Dyrholm) who has been imprisoned in a fifteen year loop through brain injury. Love is the only thing that keeps them all going but something has changed and they need more help. Both women are on a parallel course, both want a future but neither know if it is possible or what that may look like. As Dr Falmer (Meera Syal) puts it ‘they’re the brains I can’t mend’.

 

"Powerfully acted, Rebel Wilson like you’ve never seen her before” Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist

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