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An Inspector Calls (2015)

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

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Aisling Walsh

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (based on the play by), Helen Edmundson (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophie Rundle ... Eva
Lucy Chappell Lucy Chappell ... Edna
Miranda Richardson ... Sybil Birling
Ken Stott ... Arthur Birling
Finn Cole ... Eric Birling
Chloe Pirrie ... Sheila Birling
Kyle Soller ... Gerald Croft
David Thewlis ... The Inspector
Flora Nicholson ... Miss Francis
Gary Davis ... Alderman Meggarty
Wanda Opalinska ... Charity Lady
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In 1912 pompous industrialist Arthur Birling, who has hopes of a knighthood, his superior wife Sybil and young son Eric are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to eligible Gerald Croft when they are visited by blunt Inspector Goole. He tells them of the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith and though they all claim not to have known her the inspector demonstrates that each in their own way contributed to her downfall, by having her dismissed from work or, in the young men's cases, having sexual relationships and then abandoning her. After Goole has left the youngsters feel ashamed and the engagement is halted but Arthur Birling, doubting the inspector's authority, rings the local police station. This is the prelude to a double shock which will lead to the family's humiliation and ruin. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Reunited Harry Potter cast mates actor David Thewlis and actress Miranda Richardson. They played Remus Lupin and Rita Skeeter, respectively. See more »

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Gerald leaves the room after Sheila has given him back her engagement ring, but the next time she appears, she still has the engagement ring on her finger. See more »

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[first lines]
Man: Do you believe in God?
Woman: Yes.
Man: How can you?
Woman: I can't believe in people. I have to believe in something, or I'd fall - fall down through the cracks. Never stop falling.
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Concise representation of the play
29 November 2015 | by lpuchadesgimenoSee all my reviews

As an English student who recently read thoroughly the play this movie is based of, my main thoughts about this film is that it's a perfectly crafted piece that follows the plot of the play quite accurately, but I also consider myself quite "unexperienced" in the matter because I have only seen this adaptation and not the rest- so maybe by watching the rest of the movies my opinion on the quality of this movie may differ, but I hope that not drastically.

To be honest, right at the beginning when the characters were presenting themselves at the dinner table I found most of their portrayals quite bland and out of character in a sense- especially Eric and Sheila. I found them lacking that strength and uniqueness that had made me strive for them while reading the play, but then again it's true that at the beginning their personalities were much more superficial and that were mostly developed as the play progressed- something which was shown naturally in the film.

Nevertheless, as soon as the plot starting moving the skepticism faded away and I was left awestruck by the actors' outstanding performances; Mr and Mrs Birling were just how I pictured them throughout the story; Gerald was given much more emotional depth than what I had imagined and Eric even though it wasn't how I initially thought of him made me comprehend a completely different interpretation of his character. I am not quite sure of Sheila yet, but I do have to admit that Chloe Pirrie reflected her major character development, but I imagined Sheila as a more immature and naive girl in the beginning. Let's not forget about Sophie Rundell's breathtaking job as Eva: taking only brief descriptions from a dead girl and turning that into a round character with a profound, political and representative meaning behind it.

Even if the characters' portrayals is essential to the film, what really sticks to the audience are the audiovisuals, and I can assure you this film excelled in that job. The shots were beautiful and gave the story a deeper meaning for me as a viewer and indeed hinted many subtle messages that otherwise wouldn't have made much sense. Above all, what most impressed me was the score; from the beginning until the very end the score was used skilfully to match the characters' emotions in certain scenes, but the feeling of strings and a piano matched the main themes of the play, and probably may be the main reason for my passionate liking of this film.


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