Member review: The Bookshop


An amazing and classy adaptation of the book by Penelope Fitzgerald. It stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy. What could be controversial about opening a Bookshop in a small seaside town?


There is nothing except that the Alpha female, Mrs Gramert wants the building to be used as an Arts Centre. And that is the story that unfolds as those with power and influence set about getting their own way. 



Set in the 1950s and filmed in Ireland which passes in this case for somewhere in the south of England.  It tells exquisitely the story of Florence Green, the free-spirited widow, who puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England.


It is a quiet gentle film with an underlying viciousness that is only ever found in small communities. The film is narrated by Julie Christie who is the adult voice of young Christine, the child who helps out in the Bookshop. The acting throughout the film is understated and excellent. Bill Nighy as the eccentric supporter and lover of books is excellent.


Honor Kneafsey the young actress who plays Christine is a star in the making, already a success she has a string of films and stage appearances to her name.


The film released in 2017 has won critical praise and gathered quite a few awards. It is well worth watching.



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