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The Sense of an Ending - 3.5 Stars

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.

3.5 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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