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Brian Cox plays a retired actor as pensioners dance in pyjamas and a care assistant deploys Shakespeare
The indomitable Brian Cox goes gangbusters at a role that doesn’t really deserve the effort he puts into it. He plays Sir Michael Gifford, a legend of the stage and screen and formidable, temperamental luvvie, now made even more cantankerous by the indignities of ageing. His daughter hires Dorottya (Coco König), a Hungarian care assistant who wins his affection by judiciously deploying Shakespeare quotes along with the adult diapers.
This is the kind of film that signposts its storyline from pretty much the opening shot (pensioners dancing in pyjamas to the kind of chummy trad jazz favoured by Woody Allen). And for all the admirable elements in the cast – Anna Chancellor is engaging as Sir Michael’s besotted housekeeper – and crackles of wit in the screenplay, co-written by the late Gilbert Adair, »
- Wendy Ide
Cox’s adorable grump learns to laugh again in a British film with witty touches from co-writer Gilbert Adair, and only a faint taste of Werther’s Original
Those with unhappy memories of Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, that sucrose vision of sweet old British thesps in a nursing home, might flinch at this. Brian Cox plays Sir Michael Gifford, an adorably grumpy old Shakespearian actor with the beginnings of Parkinson’s, who makes life hell for his family and nursing staff. But his new home care assistant is Dorottya (Coco König), a cheeky young Hungarian drama student who makes him laugh and reminds him of his younger self. A touching odd-couple friendship commences, which exasperates Sir Michael’s daughter, Sophia (Emilia Fox), and his secretary and former lover, Milly (Anna Chancellor), who are suspicious and maybe a little envious of this new relationship.
This film looks like it’s going »
- Peter Bradshaw
The film, which premiered at Palm Springs and played last week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, will have its London premiere on Aug 5 at the Regent Street Cinema in the presence of co-stars Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor, Edelényi and König with Cox appearing via Skype from New York.
The film’s UK cinema run will include bookings at Manchester Home, Edinburgh Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre.
“We’re convinced that the subject and Cox’s presence in an impressive cast will prove attractive to audiences. And the so-called silver screen patrons are an increasingly important part of the fabric of cinema-going although the film crosses generations,” said Ilona Morison »
With Brian Cox, Hungarian director János Edelényi and newcomer Coco König in attendance, The Carer received its red carpet European premiere last night (20 June) as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It has been snapped up by Edinburgh-based Cinéfile for distribution in the UK and Ireland.
The sell-out first screening at Filmhouse is followed by a second Cineworld show today (21 June), which already is close to capacity but has tickets still available.
The film will receive its London premiere on 5 August at the Regent Street Cinema, to be attended by the director and actors Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor and Coco König. It will also be part of the line-up in the Chichester Film Festival later in the month. It goes on selected release from 5 August.
“We’re convinced that the subject and Cox’s presence in an impressive cast will prove attractive to audiences. »
- Richard Mowe
President and COO Julie Sultan has sold rights to Germany (Nfp), Japan (Digital Networks Entertainment), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Latin America (California Filmes), Portugal (Lusomundo), South Korea (Double and Joy Pictures) and Hong Kong (Intercontinental Films).
Further deals closed in Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Romania (P4M), Turkey (DigiTurk), former Yugoslavia (21 Film), Singapore (Shaw), South Africa (Tmf), Middle East (Gulf Film), Taiwan (Encore Film), and Entertainment In Motion (Eim) for airlines.
Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine and Anna Chancellor also star in the London-set contemporary fairytale centred on the friendship between a reclusive woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower.
Ambi Group and Ipso Facto produced and financed the film and Gersh »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
5 items from 2016
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