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Empire | 'Daphne' Review

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There's been a significant rise, in recent years, in the number of acerbic, difficult and downright unpleasant women allowed to populate our screens. Once, such characters were shuffled to the margins if they appeared at all, designated a bitch to be reformed or paired off with an inappropriate mate as a punchline, while the likeable heroine got the guy. Now, mixed-up figures recognisable from real life are beginning to crop up - like this film's cutting, cynical eponymous chef - as the focus of stories. Thanks to a stunning performance from lead Emily Beecham and an assured hand from debutant director Peter Mackie Burns, it feels like a welcome change.

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