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Jodie Comer shares "cathartic" experience with Benedict Cumberbatch in new movie

The End We Start From might seem like your usual bleak post-apocalyptic movie, but Jodie Comer has shared a filming experience for a more joyful scene than you might have expected.

Set in a world that sees London submerged by flood waters, the new movie sees Comer play a mum who tries to find her way home with her newborn child after she's separated from her family.

Along the way, she meets various characters and one played by Benedict Cumberbatch leads to a surprise dance party. Filming that sequence ended up being "cathartic" for both Comer and her character.

"It was amazing, because we'd been shooting for a good few weeks. It was a Friday night. When we got to the dance part, we had ten minutes, two takes. The moon was so full, we put the music on and it was incredibly cathartic," she told Digital Spy.

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"I think as well because it was an intense shoot, and we just had this moment where we could kind of let go. Everyone was vibrating, which was nice.

"It provides such a huge release for the characters, it's that split second where they lose all inhibitions and forget the reality of where they are. And it was great that it was Benedict actually, because he just came in and he was like, 'Let's go!'."

This moment of light in an otherwise bleak setting was as important for director Mahalia Belo as it was for Comer.

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"I feel it's not hopeless. It is a journey, and it's something where you have to see the world in a different way. And you have to see the world through a baby's eyes, and also through the shifting landscape of the world," Belo told Digital Spy.

"At the end of it, you have to feel like there's room for improvement, and that can only come from hope. But also the humour element, we were keen on these little moments of humour that needed to be in it."

The End We Start From is released in UK cinemas on January 19.

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