In addition it seems to have a very speciﬁc audience. Nothing particularly interesting happens and there doesn’t seem to be much of a message or point to the proceedings, which helps add to the confusion of whether or not the ﬁlm is fake or real. But having said all that negativity, I did actually enjoy this movie and found myself oddly compelled by the story it was telling. It’s far from a classic but I was never bored.
From what I’ve managed to gleam the ﬁlm is partly staged but mostly the true life story of Julie, a professional British nanny who goes out to work for a wealthy family in the United Arab Emirates. British nannies are quite popular out there, though whether there’s a practical reason for that or if they’ve just seen Mary Poppins too many times is unclear (you kind of suspect a British nanny is a status symbol more than anything).
As I said, this is an odd ﬁlm. It’s doesn’t look especially compelling on the surface unless you are speciﬁcally interested in the subject matter and the design is more than a little jarring with the curiously scripted opening at the ofﬁce of the agency that sends the nannies around the world and the even more bizarrely random appearance of a social media superstar during a family outing.
But as someone who knew basically nothing about what I was about to see, when I went in to this movie I found it pretty interesting. The problem may be that everything is a little out of focus. The culture clash is there, but it feels like the ﬁlms not really about that. The role of a nanny and the relationship with the rest of the house staff is there, but it feels like the ﬁlms not really about that. There’s some conﬂict with the kids, but it feels like the ﬁlms not really about that. I suppose this is where the movie is clearly a documentary, after all something exciting can’t be ﬁlmed unless something exciting happens, but without a targeted focus we just sort of meander about with no real purpose and it shows at times.
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