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Head Full of Honey

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2018
  • Til Schweiger
  • 124 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Amadeus, a widowed grandfather with Alzheimer's, grows increasingly frustrated as the condition starts to claim the memories of his loved ones. So he joins his granddaughter on an emotional road trip to Venice, where he met his wife. Director Til Schweiger's American remake of his 2014 German comedy drama, starring Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

A beloved grandpa's increasingly erratic behaviour throws his family into chaos, with only his grand-daughter Matilda able to get a handle on his encroaching dementia in this serio-comic English-language remake of hit 2014 German film Honig im Kopf. Sadly, much is lost in translation by relocating to (supposedly) English settings so wide of the mark that they're akin to some alternative universe. Nick Nolte ambles through it all amiably enough as the befuddled pensioner, though Matt Dillon (the son in denial) and Emily Mortimer (fraught daughter-in-law) struggle with the clunky dialogue, while intermittent knockabout comedy set-pieces prove a mirth-free zone. The emotional potential in the material is obvious, but here the effect is trite and saccharine, not helped by a zero-credibility framing device sending the dotty old geezer and Matilda (played by Nolte's daughter in her movie debut) on an unaccompanied jaunt from London to Venice. There's no doubting the laudable intentions to confront the realities of Alzheimer's in an audience-friendly way, but the execution, frankly, verges on the catastrophic. Terribly tough going.

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Credits

Cast

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AmadeusNick Nolte
NickMatt Dillon
SarahEmily Mortimer
MatildaSophia Lane Nolte
VivianJacqueline Bisset
HeadmistressClaire Forlani
Dr HolstEric Roberts
NurseValerie Huber

Crew

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DirectorTil Schweiger

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2019-04-19
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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