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A Long Way From Home [DVD] [2013]

James Fox , Brenda Fricker , Virginia Gilbert    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Fox, Brenda Fricker, Natalie Dormer, Paul Nicholls, Betty Krestinsky
  • Directors: Virginia Gilbert
  • Producers: Guillaume Benski, Junyoung Jang
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GDEZLYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romantic drama starring James Fox, Brenda Fricker and Natalie Dormer. Retired couple Joseph (Fox) and Brenda (Fricker) move to southern France to live out the rest of their days. Joseph finds himself in a state of boredom, however, until he meets the young and attractive Suzanne (Dormer), who is holidaying with her boyfriend Mark (Paul Nicholls). Enchanted by Suzanne and the change in his monotonous daily routine that she brings, Joseph is revitalised by her presence. At the same time Suzanne questions whether she belongs with Mark. What does the future hold for both couples?

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Long Way From Home

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I ordered this from the UK (it's unavailable at Amazon U.S.), because of Natalie Dormer's role as Suzanne. She certainly didn't disappoint; what an incredible range of facial expressions, and the kind of soft liveliness that the role demands.

Slow moving, relaxing, easy story to understand. Half of the story, is in the eyes of Suzanne and Fox's character Joseph. You can easily imagine the two having a long-term friendship, 2 buddies complaining about their lives from their distant generations, somehow easily sympathizing with their individual plights.

But although Joseph's obsession is understandable, on a temporary basis, there is so much in his life to appreciate, to enjoy, to relish in. Another man, disposed to smelling the roses, could have been daily ecstatic about being alive, in such circumstances.

Except for the Dormer factor, I can't say it's the kind of movie I would rush to see, or happily await a chance to see it a second time. But on a leisurely Saturday, or an evening after a tough day's work, you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Way From Home dvd 27 May 2014
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It is a beautifully shot film with the south of france as its setting. The characterisation was marvellous and conveyed the loving yet irritating relationship that Joseph and Brenda had, played by the wonderful James Fox and Brenda Fricker. It depicted what it might be like to retire abroad, thinking you've done something wonderful but actually it was lonely. Brenda was liking it with their routine of eating at the same restaurant every evening and Joseph, whilst going along with her as he wants her to be happy, is missing something. There's something in him that is not yet fulfilled which is why, when Suzanne, 40 years younger than him, bursts onto the scene, played by the amazing Natalie Dormer, with her enthusiasm, her sexual allure and rather naughty flirtatiousness, he falls in love with her. Obviously her boyfriend isn't the right one but they have got engaged but she tells Joseph 'I don't know what I want'. He replies vehemently 'don't do anything you don't want to do'. They leave at the end of their short holiday and Joseph is not only bereft but ill - there have been various references to previous episodes - he's been on anti-depressants, Brenda tells him not to wear himself out 'again' and now she has him to herself and she understands and looks after him. He needs her. She never refers to his obsession with Suzanne but one feels she knows. It has probably happened before. The film tells a whole history of this man without him ever even describing it. A lot of the time James Fox doesn't speak but conveys emotion and what he is thinking, even into his past, by facial expression. I could go on because as you will have discerned, I loved this film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 21 May 2014
By Lynda
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I saw this film last year at the Edinburgh Film Festival. I have to admit I really enjoyed it. I'm not saying I thought it was the best film ever made, it certainly wasn't, but I liked the actors, I quite liked the story and I loved the setting in a pretty French town. Not much really happens but I thought it was pleasant and likeable but it is certainly not for everyone.
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