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60 Second Verdict: The Bookshop

60 Second Verdict: The Bookshop

60 Second Verdict: The Bookshop

9 June 2018

Emily Mortimer stars in this classic-styled film.

By Mark Hadley

Emily Mortimer stars as Florence Green, a widow who decides to open a book shop in the ‘Old House’, in a seaside town in 1950s England. Unfortunately local socialite Violet Garmart (Patricia Clarkson) has other designs for the building, and does everything she can to ensure her venture is a failure.

 
WHAT’S GOOD
It’s a very character driven piece, with superb performances from Bill Nighy as the gentleman recluse, Edmund Brundish. It also displays the paucity of freedom when the socially advantaged hold all the cards.
 
WHAT’S NOT
It is slow. This might be an advantage to some who like to take time to digest a storyline, but seldom have I watched two hours that felt more like three.
 
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING
Underneath all the woollen cardigans and umbrellas is a strong affirmation that a person’s quiet persistence in living the values they espouse to will impress at the end of the day.
 
The Bookshop is rated PG and is now showing. 
 
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