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Jamie Magnus Stone
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Klaus Maria Brandauer,
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Kristin Scott Thomas,
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Stephanie de Whalley
Philip Larkin's poem "This Be The Verse" from the book Collected Poems By Philip Larkin is quoted. See more »
Why do you think you're here? Donald? Why do you think you're here?
What are you thinking, Donald? Hmm? Come on, what are you feeling? Sometimes it can be so...
What time is it?
Don't worry, plenty of time.
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Not avoiding the melodrama but keeping it not melodramatic
A year ago I wrote a review about Matching Jack, an Ausralian film about almost the same sort of story. I complained then that despite of the superb acting, the story itself followed every cliché in the book. Well this one is more or less writing the textbook of how to do it right. It doesn't avoid any of the unavoidable melodrama of such a story but it does it without ever letting it spill over. The acting is superb in this one too, but the story makes you feel like you're viewing real people and not a movie about real people, and in this case it works for the film. It's nice to see Andy Serkis for real this time
he does a wonderful job even when not hidden behind fancy CG. Also
excelling are the two young leads Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aisling Loftus. There's something in this sort of story that brings out the best from actors. In such a movie if they didn't do it properly it would've turned the film downright unwatchable.
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