Since the death of her husband, Kate (Orla Brady) has been running a residential home for the elderly residents. When her mother is taken ill, Kate reluctantly leaves her impetuous, younger sister Ellie (Hayley Atwell) in charge over the Christmas period. Looking after the home proves to be a mammoth task. Although most of the residents have left to spend the festive season with their families, four grumpy residents known as the "hard core" are left: retired screen beauty Georgia (Vanessa Redgrave), spinster sisters Hazel (Imelda Staunton) and Heather (Brenda Fricker), and reformed alcoholic High Court judge, Donald (Joss Ackland). It's a baptism of fire for Ellie whose youth and inexperience bring her head to head with the cantankerous foursome, resulting in the hilarious - and sometimes sad - antics of these uncivilized seniors.
Watchable, if sentimental. Christmas film
- How About You review by PV
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This film, funded by the Irish film board, is more like a TV drama really - everything takes place in an old folks' home. It is based on a short story by Maeve Binchy, and like everything else by that writer of women's fiction, it is very sentimental and full of characters who each have a sob story. When I saw that this was based on a story by her, I knew what to expect, and I was right. It is all utterly unbelievable, sentimental women's wish-fulfillment fiction really............................................However, this movie (or stay-still-ie) is rescued by the sheer acting talent on display: Redgrave, Staunton, Ackland et al). Some bum notes are sounded by drugs references - as though dope is harmless - and a silly plotline with a health inspector. Who, exactly, works on 26th December Boxing Day where you live? Anyway, 3.5 stars, and one to rent at Christmas.