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The Bookshop

  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Isabel Coixet
  • 112 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama about a woman in a small 1950s English town who decides, against polite but ruthless opposition, to open a bookshop. Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barner and Patricia Clarkson

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Slow and very "bookish", this little-England literary drama set in the late 1950s stars Emily Mortimer as a widow who sets up a forward-thinking bookshop in a backward-looking coastal town. She's opposed by hoity-toity local "nasty" Patricia Clarkson, who wants to Emily's premises and turn them into an arts centre. But she's supported by reclusive local widower Bill Nighy, who's into books and, progressively, into Mortimer. Mortimer and the ever-watchable Nighy are fine. But the film is sluggish and uninvolving. It lacks cinematic "oomph", and struggles both to escape the constraints of the Penelope Fitzgerald source novel, and to establish its own coherent screen identity.

Credits

Cast

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Florence GreenEmily Mortimer
Edmund BrundishBill Nighy
Violet GamartPatricia Clarkson
Milo NorthJames Lance
Christine GippingHonor Kneafsey
Jessie WelfordFrances Barber
Mr ThorntonJorge Suquet
KattieCharlotte Vega
Mr KebleHunter Tremayne
General GamartReg Wilson

Crew

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DirectorIsabel Coixet

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2018-06-29
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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