LOVE SARAH is an original story about three generations of women brought together following the death of Sarah Curachi, an acclaimed baker on the cusp of fame, who is tragically killed in a cycling accident on the eve of receiving the keys to her first solo bakery. Clarissa, her 18-yearold daughter, is an aspiring dancer and estranged from her Grandmother Mimi, Sarah's Mother. Meanwhile Isabella, Sarah's business partner, struggles to pay the rent on an empty space where the bakery was to be opened on Golborne Road, a cultural diverse area of Notting Hill.
After Isabella finds herself legally unable to terminate the commercial lease on the bakery, Clarissa quits dancing and suggests they open it together in memory of her mother. However, with little financial resources to do so, Clarissa finds herself on her Grandmother Mimi's doorstep - initially looking for a bed, but ultimately looking for a cheque book: Mimi has the money that can help them open the bakery. Unsure at first, Mimi is eventually won round. However when Sarah's ex boyfriend Matthew, a Michelin-starred star chef turns up, Mimi insists - against Isabella's advice - that he take the helm: it's the only sure fire way to ensure success. Matthew, however, is distracted from the task at hand by a personal motive which has brought him to the bakery. When exposed his loyalty is tested, fraying all of their relationships and putting the bakery at risk.
LOVE SARAH a film about grief, regret and how we attempt to move on following an unexpected and tragic bereavement. However rather than being a heavy-handed and morbid exploration of these themes, it is life-affirming and celebratory and told with a lightness of touch. Sarah's death brings these desolate creatures together, the stubborn, worn-out Mimi blossoms, even finding a potential late-in-life love with the bakery's neighbour Felix, an eccentric inventor. The film also touches on our fixations with aspiration and success; Clarissa finds herself unable to dance following her mother's death, Isabella secretly struggles with her lack of success, and Matthew, having found success, realises he needs something more. The film is also a feelgood rags-to-riches story: a dirty, dusty bakery rising like a phoenix to become a success. The ultimate opening is our film's end point: it's the journey that's got them there that means the most.