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The Song of Lunch (2010)

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

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Niall MacCormick

Writers:

Niall MacCormick (adapted for television by), Christopher Reid
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Credited cast:
Alan Rickman ... He
Emma Thompson ... She
Andi Soric Andi Soric ... Waiter
Siubhan Harrison ... Waitress
Joseph Long ... Massimo
Georgina Sutcliffe ... Young She
Christopher Grimes Christopher Grimes ... Young He
Jamie Baughan ... Noisy Boy
Orlando Brooke ... Noisy Boy
David Hayler David Hayler ... Noisy Boy
Simon Killick ... Noisy Boy
Oscar Ward Oscar Ward ... Noisy Boy
James Richard Marshall ... Debauched Publishing Type
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Tennant ... Himself - Host
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An existential parable of a wistful journey to ones heady youth with the excitement and bitterness of that time trapped in the mind. A former romance is re-evaluated by the rose coloured filter of time but confronted by the present. Time has moved on but the past has trapped the author. Written by Gerard Hosier

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Lunch See more »

Filming Locations:

Tottenham, London, England, UK

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Masterpiece See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The photo on the dust jacket of female character's husband's book is one of actor Greg Wise, Emma Thompson's real life husband. See more »

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Featured in The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012) See more »

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The Song of Losing My Lunch
29 January 2012 | by elfdoradoSee all my reviews

This would have been unwatchable (and even unlistenable) had it not been for Rickman and Thompson. The writing is tedious, clichéd, and overwrought and every "insight" banal. There is even a slight mystery whose solution you can see from space. Why anyone would have decided to film this ridiculous poem is beyond me; I suppose the poet had some good connections.

As it is, Rickman is too perfect for the role. His looks and his voice too easily lend themselves to the pathetic and the desperate. He gets to both too quickly, partly because the language and narrative take him there and partly because the language, bad as it is, made me feel worse for him, made me pity him as an actor, thus creating another uncomfortable distraction. All that pity so soon and in one layer too many made me lose patience with the whole production. I kept hoping for something more, thinking that Rickman and Thompson would never have been involved with something this bad unless it offered something real and true. Instead, I think their participation has to do with the work ethic of the English actor: you must never take a break, you must always be acting. And if you can do a well-produced project with another excellent actor, then why not do it? Maybe other friends or respected colleagues were on board. I can't think of any other reasons why Thompson and Rickman would have done this. Sigh.


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