Review: Set in England 1959, Florence Green risks everything to open a bookshop in a East Anglian seaside town.
Director: Isabel Coixet
Actors: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey, Frances Barber, Reg Wilson, James Lance, Patricia Clarkson, Nigel O’Neill, Jorge Suquet and Adie Allen
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel. I did find this to be a peculiar little film. It is a film I have thought quite a lot about since watching it. I can’t quite decide whether I enjoyed it or not or also whether it is actually a good film. I did find that not a lot happened in it. With it being set in 1959 it could have been filmed in that era and found it really old fashioned therefore. I am not really sure whether this film worked on the big screen. The story might be better just as a stand alone novel. I have not got any objection to Emily Mortimer but just found that maybe she wasn’t the right actress to play this role. I thought that the little girl in this was brilliant and felt she bought the film to life a bit.