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The Surrogate (15)

A woman sits between two men, all facing the same way, with thoughtful looks on their faces

When Jess agrees to carry a child for her friends Josh and Aaron, it all seems clear. But an unexpected diagnosis leads the trio to question their thoughts and feelings, and who they think they are. 

Jess (a riveting Jasmine Batchelor), Aaron (Sullivan Jones) and Josh (Chris Perfetti) are sure they’ve dotted all the ‘i’s, cross all the ‘t’s when it comes to their surrogacy arrangement. But one day, the doctor calls to inform them that their baby has Down syndrome, and suddenly it’s not so simple. Forced to confront an unplanned possibility, the three have different feelings and reactions to each other, and to what each expected themselves. 

At the centre of a complicated moral thicket, Jess slowly begins to grow into her own autonomy, and question her habit of pleasing others first – whether that’s her friends, her mother, her ex or her employer. 

Jeremy Hersch’s thoughtful film keeps us guessing what might happen until the end, without exploiting a sensitive subject for twists or moralising, and keeping Jess’ journey authentic.  

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

US 2020 Dir Jeremy Hersch 93 min

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Throughout July and August, on Thursdays and Fridays, you can book a film and enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink for the combined price of £13, plus 60p booking fee per online transaction. 

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  • Select any film showing on a Thursday or Friday in June, July and August valid for this deal (excludes 3D films, ScreenTalks, Festivals and Event Cinema)
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