A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »
Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage.Written by
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Second movie in a year set in a Latin American country with a central character who was an alcoholic British consul. In this film it was Albert Finney as the dipsomaniac diplomat Geoffrey Firmin, in the other movie, it was Michael Caine as the drunken diplomat Charley Fortnum, in Beyond the Limit (1983). See more »
The story takes place in 1939, but the car driven by James Villiers that almost hits Albert Finney as he is lying in the road is an MG-TF, which was manufactured between 1953 and 1956. See more »
I am hoping that this film will be re-released on DVD.
I completely agree with Doc's review above, but I'll venture to suggest that the primary reason that the public has avoided this film is due solely to the film's very strong dose of basic human reality. Its one of my favorite films and I'm sad that its public "sales status" will prevent it from being re-released on DVD.
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