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Interview Day (1996)

Eskimo Day (original title)
Comedy drama about the trials and tribulations of three sets of parents as they finally realise that their children have grown up and reluctantly they have to let them enroll at Cambridge ... See full summary »

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Piers Haggard

Writer:

Jack Rosenthal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Lipman ... Shani Whittle
David Ross David Ross ... Bevis
Benedict Sandiford Benedict Sandiford ... Neil
Tom Wilkinson ... Hugh
Anna Carteret ... Harriet
Laura Howard ... Pippa
Alec Guinness ... James
James Fleet ... Simon
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ... Malcolm's mum
Grant Warnock Grant Warnock ... Malcolm
Laurie Ventry Laurie Ventry ... Rosemary's dad
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Rosemary
Susannah Wise ... Miss Wilding
Lila Kaye ... Mother Polly
Pippa Hinchley ... Bobbie the waitress
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Comedy drama about the trials and tribulations of three sets of parents as they finally realise that their children have grown up and reluctantly they have to let them enroll at Cambridge University. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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university | parenthood | school | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Interview Day See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Sir Alec Guinness's final acting role before his death on August 2, 2000, at the age of eighty-six. See more »

Quotes

[talking about how she feels now that Neil has gone to university]
Shani Whittle: [tearfully] It's Eskimos, isn't it, that when they get old and no use to no-one no more, they just quietly sling their hooks and toddle off into the snow - for good. And their kids don't much bother because they're all too busy catching fish in holes and hoovering their igloos, and life goes on. Well, *theirs* does. Not the poor old useless bugger lying in the snow.
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Followed by Cold Enough for Snow (1997) See more »

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Humor, irony, and depth
18 May 2000 | by louis-16See all my reviews

Seemingly unprepossessing as it opens, _Interview Day_ (it was aired under this title by WGBH) gains humor, irony, and depth as it follows the anxious introduction of three young applicants to Cambridge University and the visit to a nursing home of one of the interviewing faculty along with his reluctant father (a retired don). It explores the limits of reach of the family, even the most loving family, as an adolescent or elderly parent moves beyond its power to protect.

As each family approaches this reality the caregivers attempt, sometimes comically, sometimes painfully, always awkwardly, to navigate the transition along with their loved one. Ultimately they realize that they cannot. But this misses the humane, hopeful attitude brought to the film by all involved. People (most people at least) are open to learning from change and to finding the best in it.

A moment of pure magic occurs when Neil's ditzy, superstitious mother experiences an epiphany of loss as she watches her son head in for his interview, and he (not knowing quite why) turns to wave goodbye. Something has moved, all have felt it, but Shani (the intuitive of the group) is the one who understands what it means. It is an intimation of mystery, of workings beyond anyone's ken, and for those with faith, of reassurance.


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