PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel School,Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Dir: Ritesh Batra. Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockerty, Emily Mortimer and Joe Alwyn.
Based on the 2011 Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes, this is a story about memory – how far can we rely on it? Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy niche shopkeeper, long divorced from his QC wife (Walter), but on good terms with their daughter Susie (Dockerty), who is pregnant and about to become a single mother. Tony’s life changes when he learns he has been left something in the will of the mother of his first girlfriend Veronica (Rampling). This turns out to be the diary of his best friend Adrian (Alwyn), who committed suicide when they were at university and who had been in a love triangle with Veronica. It seems the past has caught up with Tony. He meets up with Veronica, who he has not seen for many years, and is forced to confront his past. As Tony himself says “what you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed”. “What begins as a nostalgic and humdrum family drama grows more and more compelling the darker it becomes”. – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent.