Second Coming


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Running time: 104 mins
Released: 2015
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A married, middle-class London couple (Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) are shocked when they seem to have been blessed — or cursed — with an immaculate conception, in the provocative second feature by award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green. Jackie (Nadine Marshall) is expecting her second child but the math doesn't quite add up. It's been months since she last slept with her husband Mark (Idris Elba), so she knows it can't be his. But, perplexingly, she also knows she hasn't been with anyone else. That's the intriguing premise of Second Coming, the remarkable feature debut from BAFTA Award-winning television director and playwright Debbie Tucker Green. Prior to Jackie's disconcerting discovery, she, Mark, and son JJ (Kai Francis-Lewis) are a close-knit middle-class family living in London. Jackie and Mark are happily married, but, as they're both busy working parents, intimate evenings are few and far between. And then comes Jackie's mystifying, seemingly immaculate conception. Afraid of Mark's reaction, she initially says nothing of her situation. But she also knows it's only a matter of time until she can't conceal the truth any more. When that moment does arrive, its effect is profound. And what happens next will take both characters and audience by surprise.