Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) brings Meg Rosoff’s novel How I Live Now to the big screen.
The story follows 15-year-old New Yorker Elizabeth (Saoirse Ronan) who is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside during the outbreak of a third world war taking place in modern day, 21st century. Nobody really calls her Elizabeth, except her dad who she describes as an “asshole”, so, we’ll go with Daisy which she prefers. Daisy is relieved to get out from under her stepmother’s thumb in Manhattan and feels right at home with relatives who she had never met before. She becomes quite close with her handsome, loving younger cousin Edmond (Matthew Barry). Yup, cousin. Maybe the rules are different during wartime? Her immediate problems of where to live, her dad being a jerk, kissing her cousin really don’t matter much when the war makes its way to the idyllic countryside.
You can watch the trailer here:
Rosoff’s novel won multiple awards including the annual Guardian Children’s Fiction prize in 2004. Rosoff is an American author who has been living in London since 2003.
The film is scheduled to be released in the UK on October 4. The U.S. release date is TBD.
Have you read the book?