Rebecca (played by Ruby O Fee) and Tommy (by Tristan Christopher) meet as children in a desolate, rugged coastal settlement in England. They instantly form a deep connection and spend many happy months together exploring their environment and enjoying each other’s company. One day, Rebecca announces she has to leave as her parents are moving to Japan. Tommy promises to see her off the next morning, but he doesn’t show up. Twelve years later, now 21, Rebecca (played by Eva Green) returns to the coastal community to search for Tommy (by Matt Smith). When they meet again, despite a separation of over a decade, their attraction is as deep and strong as ever and their relationship becomes close very quickly. A tragic accident occurs and Tommy is killed – Rebecca is deeply traumatised, but finds she is pregnant. She names their baby boy Thomas and he grows up as the mirror image of his father. In Rebecca’s grief, she starts to bring Tommy Senior back into her world, embodied in her young son, Thomas. Did she plan it this way? Has Rebecca accessed the available services of the day and created Thomas as the clone of Tommy? As Thomas grows into a man, Rebecca struggles between her maternal love for her son and her deeper attraction to the person who is a duplicate of the man who she adored and never stopped loving.
This utterly bizarre story is beautifully filmed and exquisitely performed. The only elements of the drama that have any life are Rebecca, Thomas/Tommy and the rugged environment they inhabit. Their home is devoid of character, as their life is – apart from the presence of each other. The love Tommy/Rebecca and Thomas/Rebecca share is deep and intense. This explains why the dialogue is sparse, but also not required as the performances are intense and palpable. If you consider this further, an interpretation of “womb” in this scenario can be the organ of both love and creation – the desolate house in which Tommy/Thomas and Rebecca live could be a metaphor for a womb, as it contains all the nourishment and love that is available to the growing Thomas – and is also the place of actions that depict deep love. Emotions are raw and the entire presentation is extraordinary. Direction and cinematography are excellent, well done.