Synopsis by Mark Deming
A handful of young people discover that wealth and beauty don't necessarily make for a satisfying life in this drama. Alice (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) has enjoyed a successful career as a fashion model, and she spends much of her time dashing from one hot spot to another in a whirl of parties and drink-and-drug-fueled decadence. However, in her late twenties, Alice is already becoming too old for her chosen profession, and she's considering becoming an actress. Meanwhile, her former boyfriend Charlie (Johnny Flynn) is handsome and charming, but he's also a heroin addict whose life is going nowhere; despite this, Alice is still drawn to him. Elsewhere, Alice's friend Orna (Cynthia Fortune Ryan) is eager to pair up the members of her social circle, including Marlon (Alex Wyndham), a ladies' man with a sexually transmitted disease; weak-willed Felix (Benn Northover), who is infatuated with Alice; and Suzi (Amber Anderson), Felix's emotionally unstable lover. Lotus Eaters was the first feature film from Alexandra McGuinness, whose father, Paul McGuinness, has witnessed more than a bit of the rock-&-roll lifestyle as the longtime manager of U2.
drug-addiction, friendship, love