Film Review - The Bookshop

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

The Bookshop (2018)

From a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald

Writer, Director: Isabel Coixet

The Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, Hunter Tremayne, James Lance

Narrator: Julie Christie

 

The Bookshop is a story played out on an English Isle after World War II. The central character Florence Green (played by Emily Mortimer) has lost her husband because of the War. The two were matched in their sensitivity and love for books. Florence decides to open a bookstore in an old abandon house in town.

Violet Gamart, a wealthy influential woman in the town of Harbrough wishes the old house, Florence’s bookshop, to be an Arts Center for the community. Florence however doesn’t capitulate, which causes Violet Gamart to go to a financial, and social war, of harassment, against her. The only person courageous enough to come to her defense is a well to do older man, Edmund Brundish. Brundish does his very best, as a young girl, Christine, who works for Florence, stands in the middle in observation of the ugliness that ensues, while gathering thoughts of her own.

The performers are excellent: Christine is played by Honor Kneafsey, Bill Nighy plays Edmund Brundish, Violet Gamart is played by veteran performer Patricia Clarkson, James Lance, as Milo North, is a villainous and provocative fellow, his performance is exceptional.

The story is a beautiful dedication to reading, and the profound importance of books, books read, preserved, and given tribute to.

 


Submitted: May 05, 2020

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