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The Child in Time (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 April 2018
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The life of a children's book author is turned upside down when his daughter goes missing.


Julian Farino


Ian McEwan (based on the novel by), Stephen Butchard





Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stephen Lewis
Kelly Macdonald ... Julie
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Charles
Saskia Reeves ... Thelma
Andrea Hall ... Policewoman
Jim Creighton Jim Creighton ... Male Neighbour
Beatrice White Beatrice White ... Kate
Rosa-Marie Lewis Rosa-Marie Lewis ... Shop Assistant
Franc Ashman Franc Ashman ... Lydia Webb
Anna Madeley ... Rachel Murray
John Hopkins ... Home Secretary
Elliot Levey ... Prime Minister
Lucy Liemann ... Joanna Buckley
Natasha Brown Natasha Brown ... Stephen's Younger Mum
Laurence Spellman ... Greg Ellis


Children's author Stephen Lewis is shopping with 4-year old daughter Kate when she suddenly disappears. Failure to find her puts a strain on his marriage, his wife Julie leaving to live in a seaside village, though Stephen regularly visits her. Stephen continues to write but is asked by the prime minister to check on his best friend Charles Dark, who has resigned his cabinet membership to live in an isolated woodland retreat with his wife Thelma. Stephen is perturbed by Charles' apparent regression to childhood, reminding him of his own loss and, returning to London, erroneously believes that another little girl is Kate. Three years after the disappearance Thelma asks Stephen, still keeping Kate's room for her, for help with the increasingly disturbed Charles, leading to a shocking discovery though a later phone call from Julie provides a new beginning for them both. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Charles: [On his behaviour] I'm searching for a child. He wasn't taken. He was forbidden. He was denied and... I need to find him. You understand that, don't you?
Stephen Lewis: [calm anger] I don't have a fucking clue what you're on about.
Charles: You're angry with me.
Stephen Lewis: Can you even hear yourself, sitting there like that with your bottle of piss, talking about searching for "a child"?
Charles: Are you disgusted by me?
Stephen Lewis: Yeah. I'm disgusted, I'm disappointed, I'm disillusioned. Every dis under the sun.
Charles: Why?
Stephen Lewis: Why do you think? You need a shave, ...
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They lost their daughter, but not the hope!
24 February 2018 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

A British television film based on the 30 year old novel. The theme intrigued me. I thought I'm going to see an emotional film. But it was not strong. Basically the film avoided those common cliches. Like the film characters trying to get over a disaster that struck in their lives. But you can't avoid them entirely.

Occasionally the narration kept reminding us what led each new development. So in a way it was refreshing. Like cinematically it achieved something different in the theme we're very familiar with. But it was less entertaining, and the viewer might feel they were fooled. So honestly, I would say watch it without any expectations.

This is the story of a couple whose 4 year old daughter goes missing. The story follows their bearing, how it affects their relationship and how far they keep their hope to see her again. Difficult times ahead, their lives go on. There's a bit of politics too. I thought it was developed inappropriately compared to the initiation, but the real life filled with everything and everyone around us.

In a short, you would see unexpected drama events than everything you could anticipate. It's just a life. No matter what happens to whom, it keeps going forward. Might not be the best message, but it's only being honest. For me, it's like 8, but all I wanted was to end even better than the existing one. So it became an average. Who knows you could like it better than me!


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1 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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England, UK


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