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Also released: The Boy Downstairs, Bolshoi Ballet Live: Coppelia & Royal Ballet Live: Swan Lake

Sophie Brooks's low budget comedy drama The Boy Next Door

THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS (12A, 89 mins)

FALLING in love with the box next door can be a perilous business in writer-director Sophie Brooks's low budget comedy drama.

Aspiring writer Diana (Zosia Mamet) works in a bridal shop to pay the rent but she is desperate to find a new apartment and reinvigorate her stagnant life.

Best friend Gabby (Diana Irvine) introduces Diana to waspish estate agent Meg (Sarah Ramos), who takes Diana to view a gorgeous second floor apartment in a building owned by bohemian widow Amy (Deirdre O'Connell).

The older woman is very particular about the tenants she allows to live in her brownstone and she immediately warms to Diana.

The millennial moves into the flat and as she heaves boxes into her room, she discovers that the downstairs resident is her old flame Ben (Matthew Shearer), for whom she still harbours feelings.

In a cruel twist, he has a girlfriend - estate agent Meg - and she is less than thrilled about Diana's proximity to her man.

As Diana wallows in memories of the past, she begins to stalk Ben in the hope they might rekindle their romance, which ended badly the first time.

BOLSHOI BALLET LIVE: COPPELIA (Certificate TBC, 165 mins)

BROADCAST live from the stage of the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Coppelia is a romantic ballet in three acts with new choreographic staging by Sergei Vikharev, based on a libretto by Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon after the stories by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann.

Set to an original score by Leo Delibes, the story centres on Swanilda (Margarita Shrainer), who is jealous of the beauty of a young woman in the town called Coppelia (Nadezhda Blagova), who appears every morning at an upstairs window of a house belonging to old man Coppelius (Alexei Loparevich).

Coppelia reads her book all day and doesn't acknowledge the steady stream of male admirers, who pass by the house.

Swanilda observes her fiance Frantz (Artem Ovcharenko), approach the house and bow to Coppelia. She appears to acknowledge his gesture.

Rage consumes Swanilda, who believes she has the evidence that her beloved Frantz is secretly in love with Coppelia.

:: Released: June 10

ROYAL BALLET LIVE: SWAN LAKE (Certificate TBC, 175 mins)

The Royal Ballet's artist in residence Liam Scarlett choreographs a sparkling new production of the romantic ballet set to Tchaikovsky's score, which is broadcast live from the stage of the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Koen Kessels.

This sold-out performance casts gifted Argentine dancer Marianela Nunez in the dual roles of Odette and Odile, who performs a challenging pas de deux between the bewitched princess and her regal paramour.

Prince Siegfried (Vadim Muntagirov) escapes his birthday celebrations and stumbles upon a magical lake where he meets beautiful Princess Odette (Nunez), who must spend each day as a swan until true love breaks the curse.

Siegfried vows to lift the enchantment but he is no match for the evil spirit Von Rothbart

Released: June 12

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