Rent The Bookshop (2017)

3.1 of 5 from 273 ratings
1h 53min
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Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), is a free-spirited widow in 1950's England. Moving on from the death of her husband, she puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first in a sleepy seaside town. Facing considerable local opposition, most notably from wannabe doyenne of the arts scene Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), Florence finds a kindred spirit in Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy), himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere. When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart's will, they begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town.
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Jaume Banacolocha, Joan Bas, Chris Curling, Adolfo Blanco
Narrated By:
Julie Christie
Isabel Coixet, Penelope Fitzgerald
La Librería
Universal Pictures
British Films, Drama
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Run Time:
113 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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Run Time:
115 minutes

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Reviews (12) of The Bookshop

Waste of time - The Bookshop review by MH

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A strong contender for the worst film I have ever seen. The direction was appalling, the cameraman was obsessed with trees doing nothing, the editor allowed the pointless footage to be shown, Patricia Clarkson was expressionless (although you did get the impression she wondered what on earth she was doing there) and Emily Mortimer gurned instead of acting.

The only redeeming feature was Bill Nighy's untypically restrained performance which was genuinely endearing.

And I paid for a cinema ticket. I should have asked for my money back, like they do in the US.

3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

brilliant - The Bookshop review by OP

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My husband and I loved this film. The cinematography is wonderful, there are absolutely beautiful and mesmerising shots. The pace is gentle and delightful, and the acting is absolutely superb. I don't know what he other reviewers were expecting - but this film fulfilled all of my expectations and indeed, exceeded them. While it is not exactly a sad, because the characters are so strong and defy you to feel sorry for them, it has a powerful message. If you like quirky films with great characters/actors and wonderful shots - you will love this film.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Slow but moving at the end - The Bookshop review by SM

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The first half of the film I did find slow but I became more and more involved with the characters. Bill Nighy gives one of his best performances without his usual mannerisms. The plot develops more in the second half and it was enjoyable to watch a film about characters rather than car chases.

Not for everyone but for those who enjoy a traditional story-telling, it is a find.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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