Directed by Isabel Coixet. UK. 2017. PG. 1 hour 57 minutes. Greenwich Entertainment. Digital.
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England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?
Access reviews at Metacritic.
“Wistful but never sentimental, it quietly turns the fortunes of one little store into a comment on the fate of many.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“If you, like me, are helpless in the wake of movies that involve bookstores, English villages, 1950s fashions and Bill Nighy having wistful realizations — well, my friend, have I got a movie for you. “The Bookshop,” written and directed by Isabel Coixet and based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, winningly combines all of those things, and delivers them in a leisurely story that gives us plenty of time to get lost in her actors’ faces. When those actors are Nighy, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, it’s always time well spent.” – Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times