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The Sense of an Ending (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 10 March 2017 (USA)
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A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Director:

Ritesh Batra

Writers:

Julian Barnes (novel), Nick Payne (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Tony Webster
Charlotte Rampling ... Veronica Ford
Harriet Walter ... Margaret Webster
Michelle Dockery ... Susie Webster
Matthew Goode ... Mr. Hunt
Emily Mortimer ... Sarah Ford
James Wilby ... David Ford
Edward Holcroft ... Jack Ford
Billy Howle ... Young Tony
Freya Mavor ... Young Veronica
Joe Alwyn ... Adrian Finn
Peter Wight ... Colin Simpson
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Alex Stuart
Jack Loxton Jack Loxton ... Young Colin Simpson
Timothy Innes ... Young Alex Stuart
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Divorced and retired, Tony Webster, an aging Londoner and vintage camera shop owner, whittles down the solitude of his isolated existence by keeping an affectionate relationship with his ex-wife, Margaret, and by accompanying his nearly full-term pregnant daughter, Susie, to antenatal courses. However, the unexpected arrival of an unsettling letter will disrupt the fine balance of things in Tony's orderly life, reconnecting him with his first love from college, Veronica, and the nostalgic, yet clouded memories of a distant past. Inevitably, as Tony scavenges for bits and pieces through flashbacks, the out-of-focus picture of his youth will gradually sharpen, nevertheless, is he ready to face the truth? Written by Nick Riganas

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Unravel the Truth.

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Edward Holcroft all appear together in BBC's miniseries London Spy (2015). See more »

Goofs

Young Tony affixes a 'first-class' stamp to his fateful letter, sent in 1967. This sort of stamp was not produced for another 26 years (in 1993). See more »

Quotes

[Voice over]
Tony Webster: How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we embellish, adjust, make sly cuts?
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Connections

Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Psychotic Reaction
Written by Sean Byrne (as J. Byrne) / John Michalski (as J. Michalski) / Craig Atkinson (as C. Atkinson) / Ken Ellner (as K. Ellner) / Roy Chaney' (as R. Chaney)
Performed by Count Five
Published by Bucks Music Group Ltd / The Bicycle Music Company
Licensed courtesy of The Bicycle Music Company
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How Much Do We Really Understand about Our Past?
6 April 2017 | by vsksSee all my reviews

Scriptwriter Nick Payne transformed Julian Barnes's prize-winning novel into this movie directed by Ritesh Batra about a self-absorbed Londoner and his growing obsession with a woman from his distant past. It appears he'd much rather be living there, with the frisson of youth and the sixties—than in his current divorced, not especially accomplished, late-middle-age state. Tony Webster (played superbly by James Broadbent) becomes a voyeuristic observer of the life that might have been. He receives an unexpected letter from his former girlfriend's mother telling him she's bequeathed him the diary of his youthful best friend—the best friend who stole the girlfriend from him. It's an odd thing, but he becomes determined to get that diary, while the ex-girlfriend (Charlotte Rampling) is determined he not have it. The conflict sparks many nostalgic reminiscences about those days. It transpires that events were shatteringly different from how he has understood them all along. Meanwhile, his ex-wife (Harriet Walter, who is in everything lately) is onto him, and his daughter (Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey's Lady Mary) is about to yank him back into the present by producing a grandchild. Again, the cast is terrific, even if Webster himself is annoyingly oblivious, and the source material is strong. I have not read the book, but apparently Julian Barnes told the filmmakers not to be constrained by his text: "Throw the book against the wall," he said. The critics seem to think they followed that advice rather too well.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sense of an Ending See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,692, 12 March 2017

Gross USA:

$1,274,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,081,495
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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