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Fathers of Girls (2009)

 -  Drama  -  19 November 2010 (UK)
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Ray Winstone plays Frank Horner, a solicitor based in a small town in Wiltshire, England. His daughter Helen is leaving home for the first time to go to university and move in with her ... See full summary »

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Chloe Howman ...
Emma Salerno
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Tommy Salerno
Lois Winstone ...
Helen Horner
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Ron
Luke Kempner ...
Simon
Roger Kitter ...
Ricky Libra
Suzanna Çetintas ...
Helen Junior
Emma Vane ...
Mum in Coffee Shop
Laura Marklew ...
Waitress
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Nightclub & Coffee Shop Friend - Julie (as Samantha Hunt)
Philip Head ...
Barman (as Phillip Head)
Peter Ling ...
Tommy's Friend in Nightclub
June Thomas ...
Librarian
Karen Smulovic ...
Simon's Friend
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Ray Winstone plays Frank Horner, a solicitor based in a small town in Wiltshire, England. His daughter Helen is leaving home for the first time to go to university and move in with her boyfriend. Frank has to come to terms with parting from his 'princess', whom he has smothered with love for over 20 years. How does he cope when something unexpected happens to her? Frank has to search for the answers, which brings him into contact with the murky world of Helen's dark side. A story of the unconditional love a father has for his daughter... Written by Anonymous

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One Man's Daughter Is Another Man's Lover

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Beautiful, Moving & Captivating
29 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Came onto this site to see if the film was available on DVD as I wished to get one for my dad for father's day and saw the review by zelx. I too was at the gala viewing and we must have been watching a different movie. I thought the film was beautifully written and the subject matter handled with such delicate care.

This is not an action movie and Ray Winstone is cast perfectly against type, he doesn't beat or shoot anyone, no car chases, vigilante plots or explosions helped along with fast cutting and wobbly camera work. The subject of true love and loss is told incredibly well with almost a theatre style where the audience is allowed to take in a scene without constant interruptions from the movie makers. I thought the locations were beautiful and helped the story, I felt it was deliberate to counterpoint the sad story without making the film look depressing.

Putting across how someone feels when a loved one is lost is an incredibly tall order and for a film made on a very small budget, I believe completely funded by the makers, should be applauded and congratulated for being brave enough to stay away from commercially expected formula scenes. Ray Winstone was incredibly good and totally surprised me with his performance which was so moving.

As a final note, I too have seen Fish Tank and yes it was a very good film too but to me lacked the emotional level of this film. This is not a mainstream film and more a European style and the makers should be very proud of what they have achieved. I wish them all the luck.


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