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DIRECTOR Isabel Coixet
CAST Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne
A beautifully made adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker-shortlisted novel about a widow who opens a bookshop in a provincial English town.
In a sleepy British seaside town in 1959, Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, opens the town’s first ever bookshop. By introducing the locals to cutting-edge literature such as Lolita and Fahrenheit 451 she sows the seeds of independent thought – but also provokes a hostile reaction from the doyenne of the local arts scene. An entertaining adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker-shortlisted novel about snobbery in provincial English life.
(2017 Spain / UK / Germany 113 mins)
Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. Pretty faithful throughout to the Penelope Fitzgerald novel from which it’s sourced, and sustained by a cast which is well capable of suggesting the psychological subtlety of the original … visually, the attention to period detail from Marc Pou seems faultless. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
BBFC advice: Contains mild bad language
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