An elderly man's innocent friendship with an eight year old girl is tarnished by the assumptions of a community when the little girl goes missing.

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Jack (Bob Hoskins) is consumed by guilt and past regret. He is hated by his son and abused by local youths. The death of his wife leaves Jack lost and alone in his self loathing. Hope arrives in the unlikely form of eight year old, Florrie, when she moves in next door and delights in Jack's neglected racing pigeons, unwittingly rekindling his own love for the birds. When his glamorous French neighbour, Stephanie (Josiane Balasko) takes pity on him, Jack cannot help but fall for her charms. When gradually his innocent friendship with Florrie is thrown into question when the girl goes missing and Stephanie reveals a well kept secret, Jack's life is thrown into turmoil. His son comes to his defence amidst the local mob mentality and Jack finally faces his own prejudices to win back Stephanie's love. Written by Anonymous

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To have a future, you have to let your past go free.

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25 April 2008 (UK)  »

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Ruby Red Chequer  »

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Stephanie: [looking at the graffiti on Jack's house] What means "Pede"?
Jack: She thinks I interfere with kids.
Stephanie: Pédophile?
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Warm
(Theme song to Ruby Blue)
Written and Performed by K.T. Tunstall
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Lovely
21 January 2008 | by (Tel Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is a truly lovely film, both heart-warming and rending in equal measure.

Bob Hoskins is magnificent, as is all the acting (especially the two little girls), and I wouldn't be surprised to see some Oscar nominations in there.

What I most liked about the film, however, was its understanding of life in lower-middle/working class England, not least the current 'witch-hunting' of SUSPECTED pedophiles. This is highlighted with wit and irony, notably through the stormy relationship between an abject single mother and her (unsurprisingly) problematic offspring.

In short, a 'must see'!


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