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The Bookshop (2017)

PG | | Drama | 24 August 2018 (USA)
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Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Florence Green
... Edmund Brundish
... Violet Gamart
... Mr. Keble
... Christine
... Milo North
... Jessie
... General Gamart
Michael Fitzgerald ... Mr. Raven
Lucy Beckwith ... Guest One
... Mr. Deben
... Mr. Thornton
Harvey Bennett ... Wally
Lana O'Kell ... Ivy Welford
... Mrs. Traill
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Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same name; 'The Bookshop' is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov's scandalizing "Lolita" and Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson...

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A town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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€3,400,000 (estimated)
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In the ending sequence, the cover of the book on which the movie is based, is perfectly portrayed among other books. See more »

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Chocolat anyone??
29 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

I wanted to like this film, I really did. Its nicely set, the costumes and the feeling of the time and place are quite accurate. The story is ok. Its just so very flat a film. I don't mind slowly paced films, but to make up for the lack of pace they need to be charming, or witty, or nuanced.....or at the very least original. All through this film I thought of Chocolat. Similar premise in both, but Chocolat is better scripted, acted and directed. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with The Bookshop, it just underwhelms. Maybe I should have watched it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, it passes the time harmlessly. A bit like a BBC period drama.


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