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The Bookshop (2017)

PG | | Drama | 24 August 2018 (USA)
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England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writers:

Isabel Coixet (screenplay), Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Mortimer ... Florence Green
Bill Nighy ... Edmund Brundish
Hunter Tremayne ... Mr. Keble
Honor Kneafsey ... Christine
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ... Mr. Raven
Frances Barber ... Jessie
Reg Wilson ... General Gamart
James Lance ... Milo North
Patricia Clarkson ... Violet Gamart
Lucy Beckwith Lucy Beckwith ... Guest One
Nigel O'Neill ... Mr. Deben
Jorge Suquet ... Mr. Thornton
Harvey Bennett Harvey Bennett ... Wally
Lana O'Kell Lana O'Kell ... Ivy Welford
Adie Allen ... Mrs. Traill
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Storyline

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.

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A town without a bookshop is no town at all. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Spain | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,588,150, 11 October 2018
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1.85 : 1
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On 13 March 2018, the film won 4 nominations for the 5th edition of the Platino Awards. including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Music. The 5th Platino Awards gala took place at Xcaret, (Riviera Maya), Mexico, on 29 April 2018. See more »

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A book purporting to be Philip Larkin's Collected Poems appears several times in this film. However, Larkin's poetry was not brought together in a single volume until 1988, 29 years after this film was set. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: 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.
[seagulls cawing]
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Written, Arranged and Performed by John Scott (as Johnny Scott)
From the album "Classic Film & TV 3: Radio Times"
Courtesy of Bruton Music Library Limited
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A beautiful and poignant movie
28 June 2018 | by BoristhemoggySee all my reviews

The three main stars put in stellar performances, Emily Mortimer in particular shows her true acting colours in this aged tale about class and corruption. I love the story, the direction, the acting, and the way it shows at the end that despite all the corruption and badness in humans, one can touch another one in their life for a short period of time, and have a lasting positive impact on them for the rest of their lives. Beautifully done and my only regret is that I can't see it again for the first time.


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