From Time to Time

  • PG
  • Julian Fellowes (2009)
  • UK
  • 91 min
From Time to Time
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Slipping between the 1940s and the Napoleonic era, the tale of Mancunian evacuee Alex Etel's encounter with a spectral black page boy brought back from the West Indies by his ancestor is a complex but compelling affair. Adapted from the children's novel The Chimneys of Green Knowe, it will probably appeal less to modern kids than grown-ups raised on Lucy M Boston's atmospheric stories about a magical manor house. Nevertheless, writer/director Julian Fellowes invests the action with plenty of nostalgic warmth and his restrained use of special effects is admirable. Dominic West steals scenes as the villainous butler, who hatches a plot to harm Etel and his 19th-century friends, while Maggie Smith exudes wistful affection as Etel's grandmother, who knows everything about the family's history and is never surprised by her home's capacity for enchantment and adventure.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure written and directed by Julian Fellowes, starring Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall, and featuring Alex Etel. Young Tolly leaves the city during the Second World War for the unthreatening surroundings of his grandmother's country house, where he encounters a quirky assortment of characters - both living and dead.

Cast and crew

Cast

Linnet
Maggie Smith
Boggis
Timothy Spall
Caxton
Dominic West
Maria
Carice van Houten
Susan
Eliza Bennett
Captain Oldknow
Hugh Bonneville
Sefton
Douglas Booth
Tolly
Alex Etel
TBC
Harriet Walter
Mrs Tweedie
Pauline Collins

Crew

Director
Julian Fellowes

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Ealing (no longer owned by) Delanic Films
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Sep 2010
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Spirit Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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