Whilst she might not be instantly recognisable to many, Andrea Riseborough is one of the most talented young British actors working in films and television today. Indeed, she seems to look different in just about every role she takes on. Her versatility is her strength, from playing Maggie Thatcher to brilliant performances in Shadow Dancer, Nancy, The Devil’s Whore and Birdman to starring alongside Nic Cage in Mandy. Her new film, Luxor, is another impressive outing.
Hana (Riseborough) is a British aid worker and doctor who has committed her life to operating in conflict zones. On a period of leave, she returns to the ancient city of Luxor in Egypt in order to recharge. At the start of the trip, she bumps into Sultan (Karim Saleh), an archaeologist and an ex-lover, and they rekindle their former relationship. However, Hana is haunted by the ghosts of her past, struggling with a present where she feels isolated and alone. Drifting through a city which has its own spectres.
Luxor is a studied meditation on grief, loneliness and disconnection. Whilst it’s a slow burn, Zeina Durra’s film allows its themes to settle. Taking us on a tour of an ancient civilisation, gradually allowing Hana’s story to unravel. Riseborough is perfect in the role, embodying her quiet and troubled character. Confident and decisive but also fragile and broken. Luxor is an evocative and tender drama.
Luxor is on release nationwide from 6 November – through virtual screenings, including Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and local cinemas listed on modernfilms.com.