A couple's visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.


William Nicholson
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Complete credited cast:
Annette Bening ... Grace
Bill Nighy ... Edward
Josh O'Connor ... Jamie
Aiysha Hart ... Jess
Ryan McKen ... Dev
Joe Citro Joe Citro ... Young Jamie
Sally Rogers Sally Rogers ... Angela
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Gary
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ... Peter Widdecombe
Derren Litten ... Friendline Man
Rose Keegan ... Receptionist
Finn Bennett Finn Bennett ... Robbie
Nicholas Blane ... Priest


The intimate, intense and loving story of Hope Gap charts the life of Grace, shocked to learn her husband is leaving her for another, after 29 years of marriage, and the ensuing emotional fallout the dissolution has on their only grown son. Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice. Written by AnonymusB

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Nicholson has said that he likes to view the story as a mid-point between "Brief Encounter" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." See more »


There is a jar of Marmite (a savoury spread popular in the UK) on a shelf in the kitchen. It alternates between two orientations: it is side-on when Bill Nighy is in close-up but when Annette Bening is also in view the back of the jar is turned to the camera. See more »


Grace: Tell him, Edward.
Edward: Tell him what?
Grace: That God exists.
Edward: You can't tell people a thing like that. God is not information. God's a conviction. It's like love. You don't tell love, you feel love.
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The Bitter & Twisted Club...
28 August 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

... gets a new member as a once satisfactory arrangement becomes more than a bit unsatisfactory and the deserted spouse finds it a bit tricky coming to terms with being on her own - although why you would want to perpetuate such misery can only be answered by the thousands that continue to do so on a daily basis.

A little too drawn out but my take away was: don't be resigned to becoming your parents as the son believes will be the case. We really are in trouble if that starts to happen. They only give us our genes and typically 18 years of brainwashing, you need to spend the rest of your life washing it all out as best you can, no matter where you are on your journey to the bitter and twisted club.

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8 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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$30,978, 8 March 2020

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