I found this film very disappointing. After `Shirley Valentine' and `Educating Rita' I was expecting great things from director Lewis Gilbert. Is the film a comedy or what? A family gathers for the funeral of the mother - at a rather posh house by the way - no ordinary folk are these! As a straightforward family crisis drama, and played that way, it might have been a winner, especially with the likes of Julie Walters and Tom Wilkinson on the payroll. Instead, like the other players, their talents were wasted. Julie Walters, playing the elder sibling of the trio of sisters, just acted daft. The youngest sister likewise, and especially so. The middle-ranking sister looked lost, her eyes glazed over most of the time. It was all so boring. The frequent appearances of a phantom mother was out of this world - where it should have stayed! The only piece of minor humour I spotted was at the end of the movie when the hearse carrying the mother broke down and was towed to the church by an ice-cream van - chimes an all! That was quite good. Bit of a `Del Boy and Rodney' moment. Little use was made of the vicar, who by his general ineptness, could have been put to much more humorous use. The photography was'nt too bad - but there, that was easy as the cornish coast never fails. I endured ninety minutes of extreme solemnity with this very disappointing movie. Time I cannot afford to lose at my age! Sorry !
STOP THE CAR!! I was going to delete the foregoing review which I must have written while temporarily unbalanced!! But I'll leave it in.
I have now re-visited this movie several times and have done a polarised U-turn.
This is a super movie, with suitably hankie wringing theme music. The cast are perfect. The location beyond criticism. It's warm-glow entertainment! Watch it -love it! Enjoy! PS. Sorry again for the earlier rubbish !