By Leah Rozen
August 02, 1999 12:00 PM

Colin Firth, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Growing up in a musty castle in rural Scotland in the mid-’30s, the 10-year-old (Robert Norman) at the center of this minor coming-of-age movie barely notices that his beloved dad (Firth), a dilettante inventor, and mom (Mastrantonio) are drifting apart. Basically, the boy is too busy perusing Victorian sex manuals left in the attic by his grandpa to realize that his father has a crush on another woman (Irene Jacob). My Life So Far, directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), is an elegiac mood piece, as decorative and delicate as fine lace and no less superfluous. The Scottish scenery, however, is a knockout. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Pat period piece but easy on the eyes