The recently released trailer of “The Outrun” takes you on a tempestuous journey of struggle with addiction that is nigh on self-consuming. The upcoming film is based on a real-life 2015 memoir penned by Amy Liptrop about an alcoholic woman who has returned to the remote Orkney Islands, which is her homeland, located off the northern coast of Scotland. She lands there in a bid to come to terms with her troubled past and, hopefully, heal.

The film premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival on 19 January 2024. It features actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role as Rona. The actress has been known for her work in period dramas since adolescence, for which she has even received several awards and nominations. However, with her role as Rona in The Outrun, the actress has demonstrated her acting skills so well that it has been described as one of her best performances to date.

The trailer released by Studiocanal UK shows Rona’s struggle as she declares: “The urge to drink can come out of nowhere. You think you’re doing well, and suddenly, you want nothing more than a drink.”  Rona, however, returns to Orkney, and there, despite familial tensions, she is on the way to recovery when she finds a community where she can open up about her struggles. “It never gets easy. It just gets less hard,” she is informed in between as she seeks to find herself once more.

‘The Outrun’ serves as a Tale of a Struggle with Addiction

Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, “The Outrun” is a drama about addiction, survival, and how nature becomes a true resort when it comes to healing. The official synopsis of the film reads:

“Sober but lonely, she tries to suppress her memory of the events which set her on this journey of recovery. Slowly the beauty and lore of the land enters her inner world and – one day at a time – Rona finds hope and strength in herself among the heavy gales and the bracingly cold sea.”

The film is based on Amy Liptrot’s 2016 memoir of the same name. The book, The Outrun, became a bestseller in its native United Kingdom, selling over 110,000 copies. It would go on to become an international hit after being translated into 15 different languages outside the UK.

Liptrot, the writer of the memoir, also co-wrote the film along with Fingscheidt and Daisy Lewis. Apart from bringing life to Liptrot’s memoir, Ronan produced the film. The movie also stars Paapa Essiedu, Nabil Elouahabi, Izuka Hoyle, Lauren Lyle, Saskia Reeves, and Stephen Dillane in supporting roles.

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2024 and later in Germany on 7 November.

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