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Join Golden Globe® winner Dame Joan Collins, Academy Award® nominee Pauline Collins and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero on a road trip like no other, by entering our competition to win one of three DVDs of Roger Goldby’s feel-good comedy The Time Of Their Lives, which releases on Blu-ray and DVD from 31 July 2017; pre-order now from Amazon.
Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on the glamorous French hideaway of Ile-de-Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a dwindling marriage.
Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road in a race to get to Île-de- Ré, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another – and have the time of their lives. »
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 10, 2017
Spoilers! We dig into the references and extra details in Doctor Who series 10 episode 9, Empress Of Mars...
This article contains spoilers - pretty much all of them - for Empress Of Mars.
The Ice Warriors’ tombs have melted, and so have our hearts. As the Doctor gives Missy a good telling-off for helping to save the day, we turn our attention to the references, callbacks and generally interesting things about tonight’s episode. If we’ve missed something, you know where the comments section is…
Usually I take these things roughly in order, but let’s take a moment to let out what the cool kids call a big ‘squee’, or a Russell T Davies-style ‘Hooray!’ for the return, after 43 years, »
Directed by John Goldschmidt.
In a London suburb, a family owned Jewish bakery is on its uppers, losing customers and under pressure to sell up to developers. Then baker Nat (Jonathan Pryce) loses his assistant, who goes to work for the nearby supermarket because the pay is better. Desperately needing a replacement, he takes on his cleaner’s son, but the new apprentice has a sideline in selling cannabis. He decides to combine his two careers by adding an extra ingredient to his bread and cakes. And the shop’s sales go sky-high.
The temptation to say this isn’t a Homer Simpson bio-pic is almost overwhelming, but it’s not a pun that works especially well in print. With all the current interest in baking, however, it was only a matter of time until we saw a film about the subject, »
- Freda Cooper
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Phil Davis, Ian Hart, Pauline Collins, Andrew Ellis, Malachi Kirby, Natasha Gordon, Melanie Freeman | Written by Jonathan Benson, Jez Freedman | Directed by John Goldschmidt
It has to be said that 2017 hasn’t been the best year when it comes to feeling good about the world. When everybody seems to be against helping out others, it seems timely that a film about two cultures coming together should at least raise a smile, and Dough manages this.
When aging Jewish baker Nat Dyan (Jonathan Pryce) takes on young Muslim Ayyash (Jerome Holder) as apprentice in his shop, at first, they don’t get on. When Ayyash accidentally drops cannabis into the bakery’s dough the bakery becomes very popular, building a bond between the two.
Dough walks a well-trodden path of movies where two people with differences are brought together when prejudices are taken away and friendship blooms. »
- Paul Metcalf
This is Britflick variant #7: The Cosy Small Business Caper (with Optional Comedy Drug Element). Jonathan Pryce is the cranky north Londoner whose kosher bakery is threatened by ruthless Phil Davis’s convenience store empire. Jerome Holder is the young Muslim who helps profits rise after covertly bringing his weed-slinging operation in house.
Reassuringly predictable for the most part – yes, cultural differences will be overcome and yes, Pryce loosens up after breaking bread baked with Holder’s “special ingredient” – it succumbs to tonal wobbles and credibility issues late on. Still, welcome faces (Ian Hart, Andrew Ellis, Pauline Collins as flirty divorcee Mrs Silverman) give individual scenes spark, and the leads form an amiable double-act. But given his past work with Richard Eyre and Christopher Hampton, it »
- Mike McCahill
Author: Richard Phippen
It’s incredibly hard to tell where the inspiration for Dough came from. A British-Hungarian co-production about a Jewish baker and an African immigrant sounds like the kind of script Stephen Frears or perhaps Mike Leigh would be taking on. At least they might have done, had the script explored the kind of themes that would gain the attention of such culturally smart filmmakers. Instead, Director John Goldschmidt appears to have been hired as a safe pair of hands to turn a light-hearted, if rather vacuous story into something that could reach a wider audience. And to be fair to Goldschmidt, he’s certainly made this accessible.
Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) is an ageing Jewish baker, eking out a living from his small, family business in the heart of a dying suburban London street. With his right hand man taking the offer of a better paid job at the mini-market next door, »
- Richard Phippen
Elderly in crisis, youngster who can help, drug being salvation and all sorts of drama bubbling around after use of drug – it’s a struggle to rid a particular TV show from the mind while watching this film, even when the protagonists spend more time in the kitchen than an Rv. That said, director John Goldschmidt’s latest, which also marks his return to the craft since 1987, would fill the small-screen mold with utter perfection. In some ways, staying in that state would have been enough for Dough.
But then comes Jonathan Pryce who makes a semi-compelling reason to shell out for the film at the cinema. The powerhouse actor, sporting a beard and kippah, commands every frame with a heartfelt turn as Nat Dayan, the owner of a family pastry joint not so hot in sales and longevity. While he makes his way to the store at 4 a.m. »
- Nguyen Le
There is nothing like a dame, and at the grand age of 83, Dame Joan Collins is still nothing like one — not by the Queen’s definition of the term, at least. Yet with the British honours system having finally smiled on her, the erstwhile star of disco-era smutfests “The Bitch” and “The Stud” has belatedly decided to emulate Dame Judi, Dame Maggie and the “Best Exotic” club with a respectably genteel geriatric comedy of her own. Enter “The Time of Their Lives,” a likably lame rattletrap of a road movie that gets what limited spark it has from the “Dynasty” diva’s still-lascivious on-screen charisma.
As a pair of lonely pensioners thrown together by chance on an episodic Gallic escapade, the strutting star is agreeably paired up with long-neglected namesake Pauline Collins; Roger Goldby’s narratively lumpy film shamelessly cribs from the latter’s Oscar-nominated breakout “Shirley Valentine” in espousing »
- Guy Lodge
Despite solid work by Joan and Pauline Collins, this tale of a fading film star fails to fly
Joan Collins plays Helen, a self-absorbed former movie star who sees a funeral in France as an opportunity to network and undo past mistakes.
Pauline Collins revisits Shirley Valentine territory as Priscilla, the browbeaten wife whom Helen bullies into accompanying her. It’s a rickety Zimmer frame of a plot, but both actors deliver memorable turns in a largely forgettable film.
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- Wendy Ide
There is a creeping and depressing awfulness to this sentimental silver-years comedy, whose silly and twee style of humour and cardboard characterisation jar with its strained moments of attempted poignancy. It stars Joan Collins as the former movie star Helen, now washed up in a retirement home, who bamboozles an unhappy grandmother (Pauline Collins) into travelling with her to France for her ex-lover’s funeral. There, they have adventures with a gallant Italian artist (Franco Nero). Pauline Collins plays a next-gen variation on her Shirley Valentine persona, just as she did in a comparably terrible Brit film called Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War, from 2002. Writer-director Roger Goldby has a great track record in television and, incidentally, executive-produced Rebecca Johnson’s tremendous urban drama Honeytrap. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Author: Jon Lyus
Last night the red carpet was unfurled once more in the capital for the World Premiere of Roger Goldby’s The Time of Their Lives. The event was held at the Curzon Mayfair in London and was attended by Dame Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero, Sian Reeves, Andres Velencoso and Allene Quincy. The director Roger Goldby and producers Sir Tim Rice and Sarah Sulick were also on hand to talk through the production.
We spoke to Dame Joan and Franco Nero, who talked about his work on the classic 1981 movie Enter the Ninja which he admits he ended up directing much of. He also confirms he’ll appear in John Wick 3, which is great news as it’s another piece of confirmation that Keanu Reeves will be back as the eponymous hitman.
Photo by Colin Hart
- Jon Lyus
Author: Stefan Pape
To label The Time of Their Lives as a flawed endeavour would be something of an understatement, and yet there’s a hesitancy to be overly critical, for this Roger Goldby endeavour represents a unique cinematic experience; as one that features elderly women in the leading roles, and allows actresses nuanced, layered characters to delve into – which should be celebrated, regardless of the fact we’re dealing with a melodrama that makes Dynasty feel like it had been directed by Ken Loach.
Talking of the aforementioned soap opera, Joan Collins takes on the leading role of Helen, a former movie star, now without any of the money she once owned, but with equal amount of style and grace. Struggling to come to terms with her has-been status, she is thrilled to encounter a fan, the timid Priscilla (Pauline Collins), who appears to have had all of her »
- Stefan Pape
Author: Zehra Phelan
In 2015, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel stuck two fingers up at the film industry with the Paolo Sorrentino directed Youth. It proved to the whole industry just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you’ve lost your talent or appeal to the movie going public. In fact over the last few years we have seen actors such as Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro all prove they are all digging their heels in and not going anywhere.
Now it’s time for the ladies to get in on the act with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins – who we last saw make an appearance in last year’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (The Last Dragon Slayer, Albert Nobbs) and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero (Django, Django Unchained) all starring in the upcoming feel-good comedy, The Time of Their Lives »
- Zehra Phelan
Joan Collins stars in a British comedy about a former Hollywood sex siren who is stuck in a retirement home, but when her ex-lover dies she breaks out and heads for France to be at the funeral, along with the unhappily married Pauline Collins. Franco Nero, of 1966 cult western Django renown, is along for the ride as a wealthy Italian recluse. Directed by Roger Goldby, The Time of Their Lives is released in the UK on 10 March
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- Guardian Staff
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