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A Long Way from Home (2013)

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A couple realise their dream of retiring to the South of France. Their life changes dramatically when they meet another, younger couple.

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Virginia Gilbert
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Credited cast:
James Fox ... Joseph
Natalie Dormer ... Suzanne
Paul Nicholls ... Mark
Brenda Fricker ... Brenda
Betty Krestinsky Betty Krestinsky ... Old Lady
Brian Gilbert ... Middle Aged English Man
Catriona MacColl ... Middle Aged English Woman
Isalinde Giovangigli ... Valérie
Julien Masdoua Julien Masdoua ... The Doctor
Collin Hill Collin Hill ... American Father
Frédéric Largier Frédéric Largier ... Posh waiter & Maitre D
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Jicey Carina ... The owner of the cat
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Joseph and Brenda have done what many only dream of and retired to the South of France to live out the rest of their days as if they were permanently on holiday. But retirement is not what Joseph imagined, and when he meets a young, attractive woman, Suzanne, everything he thought he knew about himself and his world is turned upside down. Written by Joe

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6 December 2013 (UK) See more »

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Nimes, France

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The last feature film of Brenda Fricker, who retired from acting after this film. See more »

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Wherever you go, there you are
3 February 2018 | by lauralySee all my reviews

Brilliant performances in a realistic film. Expatriate retirees from England move to France to live out their golden years, Brenda and Joseph (Brenda Fricker, James Fox). The wife may have the beginning of a senile dementia, and the husband is depressed, suffering from exhaustion, and generally doesn't like his life with his wife or himself anymore. Same thing they were experience at home in England. Enter a young couple visiting, Suzanne and Marc (Natalie Dormer, Paul Nichols). The couples become friends, but James, the older man, becomes a bit obsessed by Suzanne's youth, beauty and energy. He is clearly longing for his youth. He almost seems to regret his life with Brenda and his lost youth, to the point of not speaking to his grown children when they call. At times he seems to be embarrassed by his wife to the point of dislike. And Brenda seems frustrated with Joseph's depression and low energy, except when he can spend time with Suzanne and Marc. Both couples are sad in that they love each other, but have such high expectations of one another. Even in Provence, wherever you go, there you are.


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