The Sense of an Ending 15

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DIRECTOR Ritesh Batra
CAST Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery

Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling star in this handsome adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

This adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) is a superbly well-crafted and intelligent meditation on ageing, memory and regret, performed by an excellent British cast. Retired divorcé Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) discovers that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica, has left in her will a diary kept by his best friend, who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways. Tony’s quest to recover the diary forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self.
(2017 UK 108 mins)

Playwright Nick Payne’s script fleshes out the everyday lot of its curmudgeonly protagonist, while preserving the through-line of a youthful love affair whose tragic consequences echo down the years. Indian director Ritesh Batra (acclaimed for The Lunchbox) turns in a classy English-language debut, sharpened by the contribution of Charlotte Rampling as Broadbent’s embittered old flame, yet ultimately delivers a film that’s a contemplative reflection on our emotional lives rather than an emotional experience in itself … The cast, however, including a wonderful Harriet Walter as the sceptical ex-wife, are impeccable throughout.  Trevor Johnston, Radio Times 

BBFC advice: Contains suicide references
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