American writer in Paris is hired to do a script for an edgy young director he can't stand. When he falls in love with the director's cold and manipulative pretty sister, his life starts to unravel and he realizes that he's been used.
Rafael witnesses Marina - a woman with a glass eye - being attacked on the street by Daniel; her long-time acquaintance since the orphanage, where they were both raised as kids. He rescues ... See full summary »
Interwoven emotions and struggles of three women of different generations aiming to build the lives they desire, their own future, love and dreams. All of them lose the love of their lives ... See full summary »
Ramiro Forteza, a goalkeeper in the Spanish Premier League, is forced by the rigors of the Civil War and the postwar period to earn a living in small villages, challenging the locals to ... See full summary »
Angela and her young son Guille travel to the big city to see Leo, her father and the boy's grandfather, when he suddenly takes ill. However, they arrive to discover that he has just passed... See full summary »
Margo is struggling to deal with her son, Jon a rebellious and free-spirited teenager who runs with a bad crowd. After Jon is expelled from school, Margo sends him to live with his ... See full summary »
Year 1974, Spain. Felipe (Fernando Ramallo) is a teenager who travels with Lorenzo (Antonio Resines), his widowed father. Their only property is the Citröen DS with which they go from one ... See full summary »
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Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »
April, 1940. Manolo, 16 years old, and Jesus, who is just 8, are taken by their older brother Pepe, a lieutenant in the Army, to a sanatorium for children suffering from tuberculosis, ... See full summary »
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.
Modern plastic UPVC widows visible in background of certain 'town' shots, and modern pvc wellies worn by 'fisherman', small but noticeable details. See more »
She told me once: "When we read a story, we inhabit it; the covers of the books are like a roof and four walls: a house." She, more than anything else in the world, loved the moment when you've finished a book and the story keeps playing like the most vivid dream in your head.
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How about start with Lord of the Rings rather than Lolita?
It's always nature, art, or sexuality in a film bringing 'enlightenment.' She says, "A life beyond life." Meaning as cinema it's literally this aggrandizement of its own vessel. Ah but it comes from being a widow. 'Tragedy befalls a woman who turns to art/nature to free herself.' The fact it's Lolita makes this just Lolita outright. As quoting the novel's phenomenon overshadows the encapsulation with its short-hand. I can't think of anything that lazy. I mean it is a working class town and what use is intellectual societal subversion to them? Making her journey one in, as they say, ivory tower condescension, isn't it? What we need to justify is why the high society literature would be useful for these people. Selling Fahrenheit 451 to people who never liked books is like starting a cricket team there. (Though a beautiful cleverness reversing book burning into a triumph.) How about Pirate Radio better for the same subject, as rock and roll is both subversive and with universal appeal. Which also had Bill Nighy. "They shouldn't be comfortable, it breeds laziness." As in subversion is a necessary antidote for the daily grind; but in teaching books don't you need the ABCs before reflective, meta, modernist, postmodernist fiction? Wasn't Lord of the Rings out by then? How about...reading groups? Showing the actual appeal of books in some way. Have her selling people books with contagious passion, then we follow them and see it enhancing their lives, rather than this foregone conclusion that a working class town would like James Joyce blindly thrown at them like religious pamphlets. Anything but battling bureaucrats in backrooms please. Because it doesn't seem genuine, her nun-like reverence to literature. Does it show her reading once? "Lolita, I bought this because everyone is talking about it." She didn't even read it herself! The better hook was when he turned down offering herself to him. A love story generations apart, tragic pasts, come together in their mutual love for books.
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