Title: How I Live Now
Release date: 4 October 2013
Runtime: 101 min
Genres: Drama | Romance | Thriller
Official Website: magpictures.com/howilivenow/
A film based on the best selling book of the same name by Meg Rossoff. Fifteen year old Elizabeth’s New York family are fed up and tired of her self-inflicted starvation and distaste of her step mother. So Daisy, as she prefers to be known, is sent by her father and stepmother to live with her cousins Osbert, Isaac, Edmond and Piper, and her Aunt Penn, in England. Soon she realizes that her cousins are some of the most intriguing, special people she has ever met, and strikes up a strong bond with all of them, especially the semi-telepathic, precocious Edmond. Daisy quickly adapts to the English countryside lifestyle and begins to feel at home for the first time in her life, and barely notices the whispers about war that begin to circulate, until Aunt Penn is sent away to aid the Peace Process. With the departure and subsequent death of Aunt Penn, and no adults left to supervise the children, Daisy and Edmond’s relationship soon blossoms into something that is a little more than cousinly love. However, her new found idyllic life in the country is soon shattered by the advance of the Third World War, and she and Piper are sent away from Edmond, Isaac and Osbert. Surrounded by enemies during the futuristic “occupation”, Daisy must find a way to reunite the family through all the bloodshed before their lives are ruined by the separation and the horrors of the war.
“It’s like I said all that time ago, if the world doesn’t end I wanna be here at home, with you. And that’s how I live now.” – Daisy
“Before the war I used my willpower for stupid stuff, like not eating chocolate. I think I thought if I could control myself, then maybe the world around me would start to make sense. I guess I was pretty naive back then.” – Daisy