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Ms. Clarkson is always fascinating; only on second viewing did I notice how much Ms. Mortimer was doing while Mr. Nighy was stealing a scene. In the end, though, it’s his movie. And likely wasn’t supposed to be.
Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.
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Turns out, opening a bookshop can be quite the dramatic venture! Or at least that’s what Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is going to discover when she attempts to do so in a conservative coastal town in England in 1959. She may have found a key customer in a reclusive book lover (Bill Nighy), but she’s also earned the ire of the influential Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson) – a woman who has bigger plans for the bookshop’s location. What follows is a story of cultural awakening, political machinations, and a power struggle for the soul of a town that maybe isn’t quite ready to read “Lolita” yet…
Written and directed by Isabel Coixet, The Bookshop is based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.
- Emily Mortimer
- Bill Nighy
- Patricia Clarkson
- Hunter Tremayne
- Honor Kneafsey
- James Lance
- Frances Barber
- Reg Wilson
- Michael Fitzgerald
- Lucy Beckwith
Did You Know?
- Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson have also worked together in Shutter Island (2010), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and in The Party (2017) which was released in the same year as this film.
- A book purporting to be Philip Larkin's Collected Poems appears several times in this film. However, Larkin's poetry was not brought together in a single volume until 1988, 29 years after this film was set.
- Milo North: Has anyone ever told you that you have a marvelous pair of ankles?