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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

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Unravel the Truth.

Genres:

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At a festival screening in San Francisco, Ritesh Batra said that he had tea with Julian Barnes, author of The Sense of an Ending, ahead of filming. Batra was so nervous at meeting Barnes that he subsequently forgot most of their conversation, save for Barnes's parting line, spoken in jest: "Go ahead and betray me." See more »

Goofs

At the dinner scene set in the 1960s Sarah Ford (Emily Mortimer) quotes from Larkin's poem Aubade. This poem was not published until December 1977. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Susie Webster: [Is calling in to her father in his shop with her new baby boy] The NCT group send their love to you.
Tony Webster: Oh, that's nice.
Susie Webster: We had a lovely lunch, comparing the damage done to our bodies. Vaginas and all.
Tony Webster: Joshua, cover your ears.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Soul Serene (Live)
Written by Conor O'Brien
Performed by Villagers (as Villagers)
Published by Damira Publishing Company Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Damira Recording Company Ltd.
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Pretty bleak
27 May 2017 | by gailmck-62224See all my reviews

The best I can say about this film is it seemed real and the emotions were well portrayed. Jim Broadbent is a great actor and he was the film. There were no light moments in the film at all. Not one. Therefore it made me feel heavy and flat and I did not particularly enjoy it. It was watchable but not entertaining in the true sense of the word. Really a film I sat through to simply see how it ended. Waiting for the DVD to come out is a better option rather than seeing it at the cinema. This is one of those films that probably should have gone straight to DVD. Disappointing considering the great actors in it.


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