Thursday 23 March 2017

Movies: Chalet Girl * *

(12A, General Release)

Paul Whitington

Felicity Jones discovers men and snowboarding in the Alps
Felicity Jones discovers men and snowboarding in the Alps

The plot of Chalet Girl might be succinctly summarised as Cinderella on a snowboard. Likeable young English actress Felicity Jones plays Kim, an impoverished young woman who works in a burger bar to support her sweet but listless father, Bill (Bill Bailey).

Kim was once among the finest skateboarders in Britain, but when her mother died in a car crash while driving her to an event, Kim gave up the sport altogether. When she's offered the chance to earn good money working as a 'chalet girl' in the Austrian Alps, she accepts.

She finds the wealthy family whose chalet she minds rather hard to take at first, but the handsome son takes a shine to her, and Kim then discovers a special talent for snowboarding.

Despite the enthusiastic performances of a cast that includes Brooke Shields and Bill Nighy, Chalet Girl struggles to break free of the contrivances of its plot.

It's formulaic, awkward, and exceedingly badly written, and its conclusion will come as no surprise to anyone.

Ms Jones and some lovingly filmed mountain scenes are about the only things Chalet Girl has going for it, and skiers will emerge from this saccharin-filled hour-and-a-half pining for the slopes.

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