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a beautiful, quiet film with wonderful detailing
on 26 October 2001
Although this is not a video I watch often, it is one of my favourites. It is very vivid, yet quiet, and stays in the memory.
Real-life mother and daughter Phyllida law and Emma Thompson are particularly good as mother and daughter in the film, struggling to cope with their relationship after the death of Emma Thompson's husband. She in turn is trying to avoid repeating mistakes with her own son and alienating him.
The beautiful Scottish setting is paradoxically unwelcoming yet comforting, particularly the snow-covered beach. A real sense of cold is conveyed to the viewer, but also the magical hush you feel on a pristinely white winter's morning.
It is the small details of this film that I always remember - the two old women enjoying a cream cake together, Emma Thompson applying her eye make-up and the small boys dividing a Mars Bar between themselves.
The film was originally a play and someone suggested to Alan Rickman it had a very 'filmic' quality. I am glad he decided to do it as it is a beautiful film. If you ever read this Alan, I would like to thank you for making it.
I absolutely love it and would urge those who appreciate a well-crafted piece, rather than clumsy 'loud' films to buy it.