This unique British film highlights the talents of Jim Broadbent and Harriet Walter.
A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect entering this film, but there was something that hooked me from the start. The cinematography is excellent and the Jim Broadbent finally gets a chance to shine in a leading role. His complexity and diversity as an actor finally gets to shine. Charlotte Rampling is superb, however she is reduced to maybe 4 scenes across the whole film. Harriet Walter gives a great performance as Broadbent’s ex-wife, but doesn’t get the same range to play with.
The story is from a novel, which was never hugely popular and while a few more cuts and some additional ease in transitions from future to past the script is solid. The story has unexpected twists and some excellent character development.
Overall a wonderful piece of cinema to demonstrate the talents of its leading actors and to display England’s exotic locations.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas