Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only ... See full summary »
Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.
Paul Andrew Williams
Once the ugly duckling in the Dorset village of Ewedown, Tamara Drewe returns to sell her late mother's house, now a glamorous journalist with a life-changing nose job. She awakens feelings in sexy old flame, Andy, the decent odd job man at pretentious author Nicholas Hardiment's writers' school and in Nicholas himself, a serial philanderer who cheats on his loyal wife Beth. But Tamara has a new man in her life, Ben, an obnoxious rock drummer whose marriage proposal she accepts, to the dismay of local girl - and Ben's biggest fan - Jody. Jody's efforts to sabotage the engagement lead to Tamara, on the rebound and finding Andy in the arms of another, allowing Nicholas to have his wicked way with her, and also allowing it to be photographed and sent to a distraught Beth. Beth's secret admirer, American writer Glen, confronts Nicholas out in the fields, but Ben's dog Boss has got loose and has caused a local farmer's cattle to stampede towards them, an event which will shape the futures ... Written by
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When the two schoolgirls enter Tamara's house using the key under the flowerpot, they leave it in the front door. Yet when Tamara returns to the house a short while later, she is seen getting her own keys out as she walks up the path, and entering the house with them, the first key seemingly gone. See more »
So, who are your influences?
Everyone asks that. I mean, what do you want me to say? Phil Collins? Animal from The Muppets?
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It seems that if you film something in a picture postcard village, throw in a number of clichéd middle class characters [ Such as the devoted wife / serially adulterous husband - fresh young "Tottie"] You don't have to bother with character, plot and what's that other thing called... oh yes drama. Everyone in this movie seems to behave like kids, except of course the kids themselves who try to act like adults. Oh yes very clever. But I didn't really care for any of the characters at all. It's the kind of film that's described as "Gentle Comedy" meaning that you might smile occasionally. So we get a mixture of farce and manners, but in the end it settles for neither. Throw in a comedy nose that looks like it belongs in The League Of Gentlemen and throw away character building moments that should make us care. It's all rather messy.
I expect better from Stephen Frears.
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