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If you've read and enjoyed the book then don't bother with this travesty
on 6 January 2016
I don't know how so many reviewers say this adaptation follows the book closely , the first five minutes are fine but after that it's as if the director dropped the script messing up all the scenes and carried on regardless changing the dialogue and making up ridiculous ideas to join the parts back together. Vanessa Redgrave was the only person who was good and well cast all the others were dreadfully miss-cast. Nancy was slim not obese Olivia was overpowering and abrupt not cynical and businesslike Noel was like a pathetic wimp not a scheming womaniser Cosmo was too young with completely the wrong personality and Antonia was dark haired and stroppy not blond and sweet . One of the main characters Danus who should have been prominent did not appear until late in the second instalment and turned from an Adonis exuding masculinity to a petulant child. The whole essence of the book was lost by completely flat acting by most of the cast. Quite possibly one of the worst book adaptations I've ever watched - it's a lesson in how to turn an excellent book into a terrible film. It shouldn't have been called Rosamunde Pilcher's "The Shell Seekers" but a film very loosely based on Rosamunde Pilcher's "The Shell Seekers".