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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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Cast

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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Песня ланча See more »

Filming Locations:

Tottenham, London, England, UK

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Masterpiece See more »
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Stereo

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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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An Erotic Lunch
14 October 2012 | by miss_lady_ice-853-608700See all my reviews

Alan Rickman plays a jaded publisher meeting a past flame (Emma Thompson) at an old haunt, now impersonally renovated. The publisher has a one-track mind and views her every move as erotic.

This is a dramatised narrative poem. I'm sceptical about modern poetry but this one's quite good. It may be familiar ground but a lot of the phrases are actually quite good: consciously poetic but a concise description. Fans of Alan Rickman might find it hard to control himself as his character is aroused by everything: a squeezed hand, a glass of wine meeting his lips, a comely waitress, even a pepper shaker. The story is told through his perspective, much of it as voice-over. The switch between voice-over and dialogue really works, creating tension and drama in what is a fairly undramatic scene. It's like a short play.

Both Rickman and Thompson speak the blank verse (with the occasional rhyme) very naturally. Their characters are intellectual people and the talk comes naturally to them, particularly Rickman's emotionally/creatively/sexually frustrated character.

It's only 50 minutes so it's worth a watch. It would have been nice if it were part of a series of poems.


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