You had to have been there properly to understand
- The Sense of an Ending review by LF
Those who did not live through the 1950s, 60s and 70s are likely to appreciate this fine film less than an older audience. You need to have known what it was like not to have easy and instant communication, not to have the acceptance of sexual freedom, not to have equality, not to have even the language in which to discuss how you felt and thought, let alone the societal permission to do so. You need to have carried the weight of expectations of behaviour and relationships that are unthinkable by today's young, and you need to have had your heart broken, to have lost touch, to have lived a life and then, in your later years, to have tried to work out what it was really all about. Somebody younger, who is interested and aware, could and should enjoy the film, not least for the delicacy with which the story is expressed. Older viewers will not need to have it explained.
6 out of 9 members found this review helpful.
- The Sense of an Ending review by JW
great character development over a life time. being middle aged my self and having spent some time contemplating the past found this film delightful, entertaining and helpful all at the same time. Very well put together by great film makers.
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
An Exquisite Unfolding of a Complex Plot
- The Sense of an Ending review by AS
One of the most genuine and plausible stories of individuals battling to reach out and connect with their fellow beings, while ensnared in a mass of emotional tentacles of restrictive values from 50 years back. We see some of the characters struggle successfully to go beyond these constraints, while others wither or even die.
Brilliant acting and plot development.
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Worth it for its cast
- The Sense of an Ending review by AB
Interesting, but a little drawn out. As a viewer who reviewed on a film website, I am left slightly confused at the end.
Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling are excellent, as usual. The young lads are more convincing than young Veronica, there is no way that the young pouty actress who plays her young could turn out as distinguished as Charlotte Rampling!
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